Welsh shoppers were out in force on Boxing Day for the first day of the post Christmas sales. One shopping centre in Cardiff welcomed almost a hundred and forty thousand shoppers through its doors.
It would seem St David's shopping centre has defied the downturn over the past week, breaking previous records for both visitor numbers and retail sales.
Over 1.3 million shoppers visited St David's in Cardiff during the week leading up to Christmas, spending up to £2.5 million a day.
“Boxing Day is a significant date in the Christmas sales period and our stores can be just as busy after Christmas as during the week leading up to it. Holding sales after Christmas attracts more shoppers and helps retailers clear their excess stock before bringing in new season lines.
“Shoppers are more financially conscious this year than any other, and the sales period gives them the perfect opportunity to bag a bargain and make the most of their money.
The weather hasn't stopped the last minute Christmas shoppers it would seem.
St David's shopping centre in Cardiff is reporting a record breaking week, with over 1.3 million shoppers visiting the centre over the past 7 days spending up to 2.5 million a day.
Over the weekend over 380,000 customers visited St David’s Dewi Sant which helped set a new sales record for the centre.
"We’re thrilled to report that St David’s has been incredibly busy this weekend, and these outstanding results speaking for themselves. As Christmas Eve has fallen on a Monday this year, we effectively gained an extra shopping weekend just days away from Christmas, which has provided a significant boost to sales within the centre.
"The tradition of Boxing Day sales are always highly anticipated by shoppers, and they create a real buzz across the centre. We are expecting the centre to be particularly busy this year, as key retailers begin their much anticipated sales