Boxing Day shoppers clear shelves in record numbers

Solitary handbag
A solitary handbag was left on a shelf at Selfridges in London's Oxford Street. Credit: PA

Boxing Day sales records were smashed today as shoppers sent tills into meltdown across the country, with thousands of bargain-hunters waiting for stores to open their doors.

In London, forecasters said more than £50 million would have been taken on the West End's famous shopping destinations of Bond Street, Regent Street and Oxford Street by closing time tonight.

The surge in enthusiasm for a spending spree was attributed by analysts to wealthy international shoppers drawn in by deals on premium beauty brands and designer fashion accessories.

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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.