Boxing Day 2013 Southport town centre empty!

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Boxing Day Southport town centre is empty!

The turkey may have been eaten and the Queen’s speech is over for another year – but for savvy shoppers, the highlight of Christmas begins today (Boxing Day) when shops fling open their doors for the sales.

Bargain hunters were set to hit Lord Street in search of a festive bargain, with many popular chains slashing prices by 50%.

Online sales started on Christmas Eve and millions are believed to have already snapped up goods from the comfort of their own homes.

Lakeland on Lord Street is offering 70% off to lure shoppers through their doors, Debenhams are offering 50% off, some stores are even laying on food and entertainment but it was bitter dissapointment with no shoppers in sight at 9:00am!

Southport town centre is empty!

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Some 117 million visits to retail websites was made on Christmas Day in the UK and today the figure is expected to topple 118 million.

Experian said that between December 24 and 26, some 45 million hours would have been spent shopping online. By the end of December, it is estimated there will have been three billion visits to retail websites in the UK, which will be the first time that figure has been reached in a single month.

The information services company said this proved consumer spending habits are changing, with more and more looking to spend money on Christmas Day itself.   James Murray, digital insight manager at Experian, said: “Christmas 2013 has consistently outperformed 2012 on virtually every single shopping day this December, with online visits from Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day up from last year, a record breaking Cyber Monday and the emergence of the even busier Middle Cyber Monday.

“Shopping habits are changing, with Christmas Day becoming a significant shopping day during the period.

As a result, we anticipate a more sustained shopping pattern during this period, moving away from the traditional peaks and troughs usually evident during holiday season.”

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