'Busy start' at Bluewater for Boxing Day sales

Bluewater About 900,000 shoppers are expected at Bluewater between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve

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One of the UK's largest shopping centres was expecting up to 120,000 shoppers for the Boxing Day sales.

The first bargain-hunters arrived at Bluewater in Kent at about 01:00 GMT in readiness for the Next sale, where discounts of up to 50% were on offer.

More than 2,000 had arrived by 06:00 when the retailer opened its doors.

Robert Goodman, general manager at Bluewater, said it was "certainly one of the busiest starts ever" to the post-Christmas sales.

He said by 07:00, more than 3,000 people had arrived at the shopping complex, near Dartford - a four-fold increase on last year.

"Traditionally, the majority of visitors on Boxing Day are families, who visit to treat themselves and make a day of it.

"Visitors often arrive early to have breakfast before starting their sale shopping," Mr Goodman added.

He described the post-Christmas period as "our busiest of all" with about 900,000 visitors expected between Boxing Day and New Year's Eve.

On Christmas Eve, footfall at Bluewater was up by 20% compared to the previous year.

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