Bargain hunters turn out in force for sales

Shoppers enjoy the Boxing Day sales in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143568-6)
Shoppers enjoy the Boxing Day sales in Commercial Road, Portsmouth.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (143568-6)
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BARGAIN hunters turned out in droves to seek Boxing Day sale bargains.

Thousands of people gathered in shopping centres in search of discounts.

Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth saw an 11 per cent rise in footfall compared to last year. Ted Baker, Ugg and Kurt Geiger were just a handful of shops that had queues outside.

Other shoppers chose Commercial Road in Portsmouth, as their place to find the bargains.

Couple Lizzie Booth and Jack Wilden, from North End, Portsmouth, were looking for clothes. Lizzie, 24, said: ‘We don’t normally do the mad sales rush but this year we thought we might have a look around.’

Whiteley also saw a rise in footfall. Centre manager Neil Carter said: ‘We expect to have a 10 per cent rise in footfall compared to last year but we think [Boxing Day] will be the busiest day.’