Boxing Day sales start early

The traditional Boxing Day sales have been brought forward to Christmas Eve. Dozens of retailers are trying to out-do each other and win customers' hard-earned cash.

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Your views: Shopping on Christmas Day

Some popular retailers are bringing their traditional Boxing Day sales forward this year, with some starting today.

Many people are also expected to snap up bargains on Christmas Day, and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey has spoken out against the trend.

We asked viewers on our Facebook page, their thoughts on Christmas Day shopping?

I have to say I love the sales and there is nothing like getting a great bargain. I usually do my shopping with Next on Christmas day but this year it starts today at 3pm so it is fastest fingers first and a contented shopaholic.

– Sammie Engleby

Shopping on Christmas day are you serious!!

It is about spending time with your family not looking for bargains, I like a bargain as much as the next person, but you can't have much of a life if you really need that bargain on Christmas day and are to busy on the laptop instead of with your family just so wrong

– Kayleigh Taylor

If people want to shop online after munching Christmas dinner then why not?!

– Erin Hughes

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Lord Carey: 'Gadgets taking over our lives'

With many people expected to spend Christmas Day online shopping for bargains, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has spoken out against the trend.

Lord Carey said: "We are now in danger of the gadgets taking over our lives".

He is quoted in the Daily Mail: "Christmas Day is a time to be together with the family, to focus on the children and to have a great time together.

"This day is precious. We are now in danger of the gadgets taking over our lives and we are not in control of them."

Top retailers bring Christmas sales forward

Many retailers are bringing their traditional Boxing Day sales forward to Christmas Eve as they compete to entice customers and boost sales figures.

Marks and Spencer's online sale will begin at noon today, John Lewis will follow at 5pm and Currys/PC World at 7pm, according to the Daily Mail.

Marks and Spencer is starting its online sale earlier this year Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Online giant Amazon will also start its sale on Christmas morning, a day earlier than usual.

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Online prices 'to be cut' amid last-minute rush

  • Sainsbury's reported its busiest ever hour in terms of customers served from midday to 1pm yesterday, while 35 branches opened at midnight and will trade until 6pm today
  • One million visitors were expected in London's West End during the three-day period from Saturday to today, during which over £100 million was expected to be spent
  • The British Retail Consortium predicted there will have been £5 billion of retail spending over the weekend

Boxing Day sales 'brought forward' for online shoppers

It's reported that some retailers are planning to bring traditional Boxing Day sales forward to Christmas Eve. The Daily Mail reports that customers will be offered items at a reduced priced online from midday.

Economic conditions are tough for retailers in the financial downturn Credit: Press Association

It's reported that the Marks & Spencer online sale will begin at noon today. John Lewis will follow at 5pm and Currys/PC World at 7pm, according to the Daily Mail. Online giant Amazon will start is sale on Christmas morning, a day earlier than usual.

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