Boxing Day sales smash records

Stores across London were swamped.

Nationwide, sales jumped 20% on last year.

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Shoppers break all records in Boxing Day sales

Shoppers queue for the Prada counter in Selfridges on Oxford Street. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Millions of bargain hunters smashed all records at yesterday's Boxing Day sales, spending almost three billion pounds in a huge nationwide shopping spree.

Crowds were particularly strong in London's West End, despite disruptions from a tube strike.

Shoppers queued for hours to buy Prada at the Selfridges department store on Oxford Street.

The store took £1.5 million in the first hour of trading yesterday.

Nationwide, takings were up more than 20%.

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