STORES saw huge increases in sales after thousands of students hit the shops.
The annual Student Lock-In at Gunwharf Quays saw 5,500 students from across Hampshire and surrounding counties take advantage of discounts, goodie-bags and deals.
More than 1,000 additional students went to the event, held earlier this month, than last year and there was a 51 per cent increase in sales.
Around 80 stores in Gunwharf Quays took part in the event including French Connection, Jack Wills, Tommy Hilfiger and All Saints as well as restaurants including Jamie’s Italian, Nando’s and Chiquitos.
They offered up to 25 per cent off outlet prices along with entertainment, refreshments and competitions.
Colin Wilding, centre director at Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘The Student Lock-In was a fantastic way to start the new term and welcome many new and returning students to Portsmouth.
‘There was a great atmosphere all evening as students rushed to make the most of all the deals on offer and many of our stores have been reporting record-breaking sales.’