Shopping boom continues
BOXING Day is long gone but the crowds are still pouring into the local shops.
Women’s clothing store Valley Girl at Tweed City Shopping Centre yesterday said their Boxing Day and New Year sales were double the previous year and shoppers are not letting up.
“We’ve been flat out the entire time. It’s the busiest I’ve seen this place since we opened two years ago,” manager Jenalee Osborne said.
“It hasn’t really ended, either. The store has been packed every day since.”
Ms Osborne said it was a clear sign that fears of the global financial crisis have eased.
“It was great to see so many people out and spending again, not just here but in the entire centre,” she said.
Ms Osborne said she does not expect crowds to drop off until school goes back at the end of the month.
“There has been a lot of walking traffic by the store I’ve noticed,” she said.
“The food court opposite us is always full as well.
“Sales this year are just completely different to the past year.”
The Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) said New South Wales residents take the most advantage of the sales out of all the states with an estimated $3.6 billion being spent between Boxing Day and January 15 in New South Wales.
That is up from $3.5 billion in 2007.
Nationwide more than $14.7 billion was expected for the Boxing Day and New Year period, a slight increase on the $14.2 billion spent over the previous year.
“All major stores reported healthy crowds over the Boxing Day period,” ANRA CEO Margy Osmond said.
“There has been a strong ‘cocooning’ theme so far, with the big ticket items being electronic and entertainment items and home wares, particularly manchester.
“Shoppers seem to be focused on entertaining themselves at home, and making themselves comfortable while doing so.”
Other popular items include menswear, women’s footwear and accessories.
“With Christmas over and done with, women are now out shopping for themselves in force,” Ms Osmond said.