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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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Record Boxing Day sales in Manchester's Trafford Centre

Manchester's Trafford Centre has enjoyed what is thought to be the biggest Boxing Day sale in its history with police drafted in to help manage the crowds.

Shoes at the Boxing Day Sale at the Trafford Centre in Manchester. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Archive

Twenty-thousand shoppers had arrived by 8am, said Gordon McKinnon, director of operations. He said: "Many of our shoppers received a Trafford Centre gift card - we saw record sales on gift cards this year - and they are always keen to spend those in the sales after Christmas."

"Many bargains were snapped up within minutes of opening, with great trade particularly on party fashions and accessories."

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