ELEVEN million bargain hunters will spend £ 3.9 billion today in a Boxing Day rebound for retailers.
They’ll line up from 6 a.m., drawn in at up to 70% off – with clothes, gadgets and accessories top of the wishlist.
Spending will increase by 11% on the same day last year, when Level 4 rules closed many stores.
Helen Dickinson, British Retail Consortium, said: “Retailers go out of their way to keep customers safe. “
The West End is slated for 400,000 visitors.
Westfield centers in West and East London will accommodate 250,000 and 130,000.
Birmingham Bullring (130,000) and Manchester Trafford Center and Sheffield Meadowhall (100,000 each) will also be occupied. Experts suggest £ 2.5bn will be spent in stores today, while a further £ 1.4bn will go online as Omicron fears it will keep some shoppers inside.
Two in five Britons started shopping online yesterday, with most logging in just as lunch was cooking.
Some were looking for gifts they hadn’t received or going online to get away from their partner. And the super enthusiastic 16-24 year olds started sailing at 8:56 a.m.
A study by banking firm Trustly shows that 40% of Britons will ask for a refund between Christmas and New Years. Six percent will be due to a break-up.