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High streets across the West Country packed with shoppers for sales

Shoppers at Drake Circus Credit: ITV News

High Streets across the West Country have again been packed with shoppers today, all looking for a bargain. Many retailers have already reported figures for the Boxing Day sales yesterday were up on last year. Somer shoppers in Plymouth weren't after a bargain - just a day out.

Bristol's Cabot Circus sees 7% rise in sales this Christmas

The number of people hitting the region's shops this Christmas has increased - according to figures released today.

In the days leading up to the festive period, footfall at one of Bristol's biggest shopping centres was up 7% on last year. Sales figures are also expected to be positive. Katie Rowlett reports:

Last minute shoppers battle the weather

Despite the atrocious weather, thousands have been pounding the pavements of the region's high streets for those last minute Christmas presents.

The credit card company Visa predicts that shoppers across the UK will have spent £1.2 billion on its cards alone. That's more than £862,000 a minute.

In Swindon camels were also vying with the pre-Christmas sales for the shoppers attention.

Robert Murphy reports:-


Date announced for Exeter's John Lewis opening

The opening date for the new John Lewis shop in Exeter has been announced. The department store will open its doors for the first time at 9am on Friday 12th October.

The 17 million pound project is still taking shape. The store will eventually employ 300 people.

Exeter's new John Lewis store taking shape Credit: ITV Westcountry
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