Festive footfall sets new record

Jan 15, 2008

Christmas Eve and Boxing Day sales increased by 23 per cent and 11pc against 2006’s results, while December 27 attracted more than 190,000 shoppers – a 5pc increase on 2006.

Customers were queuing as early as 3.30am. When the doors opened – in some stores as early as 5am and 6am – , retailers reported taking up to £1,000 per minute.

Centre director Robert Goodman (pictured) said that the last-minute Christmas shoppers had more than made up for a slow start to the festive season.

“The sales built on that momentum with shoppers attracted by the department and major store offers at thecentre:mk generating our biggest ever footfall in a single day,” he added.

One of the centre’s new seasonal lettings, Calendar Club, reported its highest turnover from thecentre:mk outlet, marking it as their most successful out of 1,000 outlets worldwide.

thecentre:mk also attracted more than 20,000 children to Santa’s grotto.

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