Boxing Day sales up more than 20% from 2011

Many shoppers have been carrying four or five bags after the Boxing Day sales. It seems to be borne out of what retailers are saying. One retailer analyst is telling us that spending is up by 21.6 percent today compared to Boxing Day last year.

Shoppers scramble for perfume in Selfridges department store in London's Oxford Street. Credit: PA Wire

Debenhams is saying perfumes are the biggest sellers. Selfridges have told us that handbags and menswear are flying off the shelves.

And in Cardiff, St David's Shopping Centre is saying that in the past week, it has broken all previous records, both in terms of visitor numbers and retail sales. They are expecting around 150,000 shoppers at the centre today.

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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.