Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Queues Start to Form before Dawn

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Queues Start to Form before Dawn

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BARGAIN-HUNTERS began queuing at 4.30am yesterday on Oxford Street in London, and many shops reported improved sales on last year.

Many chains opened their doors early and offered bumper discounts to lure in shoppers low on confidence after months of financial uncertainty fuelled by the Northern Rock crisis.

Half a million shoppers were expected to brave the west end of London yesterday, while department store Selfridges said they had had their best start to a sale.

At the Lakeside shopping centre in Essex, cars flooded through the barriers in their hundreds from around 7am.

The centre's branch of House of Fraser reported takings of pounds 1,000 a minute, with footfall figures up nearly a third on last year as shoppers rushed to take advantage of discounts of up to 75% on clothing.

Richard Dodd, from the British Retail Consortium, said: "Today is much busier than Boxing Day last year as more stores have started their post-Christmas sales early, rather than waiting till tomorrow. …

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