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Nottingham shopping centres see strong sales period

The Broadmarsh and the Victoria shopping centres in Nottingham have experienced a high footfall of customers during the winter sales period, according to Adam Tamsett, from the Broadmarsh Centre.

The centres have seen four million people through the doors during the sales, with the most popular items being electronic goods and onesies.


Shares for Leicester-based retailer Next at record high

Next seem to be the big winners in retail after Christmas Credit: PA

Shares for Leicester-based fashion and home ware retailer Next are at an all time high after the firm announced it expects to record bumper profits for the Christmas period.

Sales across its stores leapt 7.7%, while it said revenues surged by 21% in the Next Directory catalogue and online division.

A bargain hunter laden with goods at Leicester's Highcross shopping centre on Boxing day Credit: PA

Profits at the firm are forecast to overtake high street competitor Marks & Spencer for the first time in history.

Next now has a stock market value of more than £9 billion after seeing shares rise by nearly 50% in the last year, compared with £7.2 billion for its 130-year-old rival M&S.


Top tips for last minute Christmas shopping

Leicester High Cross Shopping Centre

If you're rushing round the shops today getting your last minute Christmas presents, don't forget a few simple things to make life easier, if the gifts don't turn out as planned.

Here are some tips from Trading Standards

  • Keep your receipt

  • Check the shop's policy on 'unwanted gifts' before paying

  • Return faulty goods as soon as possible

  • Contact the retailer rather than the manufacturer as your first step, as it is the seller who is ultimately responsible for faulty goods

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