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'Record' online Boxing Day sales

There was a new record for online shopping set yesterday, analysts claimed. High streets retailers said they enjoyed record figures as the average footfall across the UK rose by 21.6% compared to last year.

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Boxing Day sales in numbers

  • The UK average footfall was up by 21.6% on Boxing Day last year, the retailers' body said.
  • Some 350,000 passed through Birmingham's Bullring Shopping Centre after doors opened at 12:20am.
  • Manchester's Trafford Centre enjoyed its biggest Boxing Day sale in its history, with 20,000 at the out-of-town location by 8:00am.
  • Kent's Bluewater shopping centre saw about 120,000 visitors pass through its doors today, with queues forming at 1am.

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