Shoppers set new records in festive retail bonanzaJan 04, 2013
Despite a “challenging” retail market nationally, thecentre:mk saw over 26,000 customers within the first five hours of trading on Boxing Day as stores launched seasonal promotions.
Next, which completed its refurbishment and extension earlier this year, has reported a 30% increase in sales, in particular of menswear and childrenswear.
At House of Fraser, sales were up by 9% on last year. Price cuts over the coming days will lure more bargain hunters, say analysts.
In the run-up to Christmas, John Lewis reported sales increases of 15% on last year with takings hitting the £4 million mark – a figure not experienced since 2007. At Marks and Spencer Food Hall, sales increases of 60% were reported. Boots also hit the £1 million mark.
BHS says that extended opening hours contributed to a 6% sales increase.
thecentre:mk’s centre director Robert Hall said: “It has been incredibly busy with queues of over 2000 people developing at 1.15am on Boxing Day outside Next. This is a crucial time for retailers and the phenomenal success we have seen over the Christmas and sale launch period is evidence of the strong local and regional pull of thecentre:mk.
“The sales are now in full swing and we are confident that with some huge reductions in stores including House of Fraser, John Lewis, Boots, Next, BHS and Marks and Spencer we will continue to attract more crowds as we move into 2013.”