Monday, 17 December, 2018

Trucks parked in Sydney's CBD to protect Boxing Day shoppers

Semi-trailers blocking streets surrounding Sydney's Pitt Street Mall Semi-trailers used to block streets surrounding Pitt Street Mall on Boxing Day
Freda Brock | 26 December, 2017, 21:53

"This year, however, value-seeking consumers appear to be more eager to buy cut-price items across both sales periods as they try to combat rising prices".

Last year, sales on Boxing Day were about 1% ahead of the year before in an unexpected uplift, said Barclaycard. "Offering more coffee shops and restaurants has insulated it against footfall drop more than shopping centres, so it's certainly not heralding the death of the high street".

"The data shows that people spent more money this Black Friday than a year ago and people can't spend that money twice, so the Boxing Day sales will suffer", said Catherine Shuttleworth, from Savvy Marketing. It said online retailers were experiencing the best of that sales growth with a 12% lift on previous year. My suspicion is sales growth will probably outstrip that.

There will be a heightened police presence at the Boxing Day Test and other events after a auto mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne's city centre last week.

However, Hammerson, the property group that owns a number of Britain's largest shopping centres, said that about 600 people were lining up to grab bargains at the retailer Next's store in Birmingham's Bullring. It'll be the biggest spending shopping day ever.

However, the Chartered Institute of Marketing said the Boxing Day sales were losing their appeal.

Some stores, such as Harrods, turn the sale into an entertainment event, with a butler-themed musical performance put on for queueing shoppers this year.

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But Boxing Day has lost some of its allure, as shops began discounting weeks before Christmas.

Footfall up to 5pm on Boxing Day was down 4.5% on the same period previous year, according to monitoring service Springboard.

Retailers saw a quieter than expected start to the post-Christmas sales as footfall declined, according to a snapshot of high street and shopping centre visits across the country.

According to the Better Business Bureau one in five Canadians is expected to take part in the Boxing Day madness, so shoppers are reminded to be patient and courteous to one another as the streets and stores become overly crowded.

Diane Wehrle, insights director at Springboard, said: "We did anticipate a drop in footfall on Boxing Day this year, but the scale of the drop is greater than expected".

Thousands of Australians have flocked to shopping malls to grab Boxing Day bargains with thousands taking advantage of online shopping as well. People may go out, but they may go to eat, see some sport or a show.

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