Festive shoppers in Leeds helped buck national trends as retailers in the city saw records fall at the Boxing Day sales.
Customers queued through the night in a bid to bag the best bargains at the city’s Trinity and White Rose shopping centres.
Dean Stratton, White Rose Centre manager said footfall was up by two per cent on last year. Around 60,000 were expected to visit the centre throughout the day Shoppers began forming an orderly queue at the centre from around 10.30pm on Christmas Day. They were allowed inside to queue in the warmth of the centre ready for opening at 6am.
Mr Stratton said: “The retailers are telling us that from a sales point of view they are up between about three and five per cent on last year, which is very pleasing. That looks likely to buck the national trend.”
Mr Stratton said the centre had also experienced in busiest ever Christmas Eve. At Trinity Leeds, a queue of more than 2,000 had formed outside the Next store in time for opening at 6am.
Trinity Leeds General Manager, Kevin Duffy, said: “We expect around 60,000 in the malls today - everyone is walking around carrying dozens of bags.
“It’s a big day in terms of sales because customers are coming fully intending to spend their money.
The figures are impressive given that public transport is limited. We expect footfall to be even higher over the over the coming days.”Sale’s at the centre’s Hollister store were up almost 50 per cent on last year, while Next saw increases of around 10 per cent.
Elsewhere, John Bade, centre director at Victoria Quarter, said: “We could see in excess of 35,000 shoppers through our doors on Boxing Day alone.”