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Shoppers hit Boxing Day sales

Shoppers out in Belfast city centre as the Boxing Day sales get underway. Picture by Cliff Donaldson

BARGAIN-hunters hit the high street for the traditional Boxing Day sales yesterday amid predictions more would shop this year to beat rising prices.

Around one in three (34 per cent) were said to be heading to the festive sales, up from 23 per cent last year, according to Barclaycard.

Consumer appetite for the post-Christmas sales period fell away last year after an extended period of discounting that began well before November's Black Friday.

However, there were long queues outside some shops in Belfast city centre yesterday.

It was predicted that across Britain and Northern Ireland, a record £4.3 billion would be spent - a 12 per cent rise on 2016.

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