THE post-Christmas spending continued in Launceston yesterday as shoppers rushed back to take advantage of the holiday bargains.
Retailers were still recording good sales yesterday, with some saying sales on the days after Boxing Day were stronger than last year. The comments came after the Australian Retailers Association predicted that Australians would spend more than $6.2 billion between Boxing Day and mid-January.
Although exact figures will not be released until February, ARA estimates that Australian shoppers will spend $2.3 billion on household and entertainment items and $938 million on clothes and footwear.
A staff member at Habitat in Launceston said the store had been extremely busy over the past few days with boxed glassware and cookware topping the best-selling list.
At Harris Scarfe, it was manchester which was followed closely by kitchen accessories and appliances.
“On Boxing Day traditionally it is our home and manchester departments that we have stronger sales out of,” Tasmanian regional manager Steve Williams said.
“But the next area people went in and bought was bras and briefs – so the ladies bought something for the house and then something for themselves.”
Mr Williams also said sales on December 27 scored a greater percentage in comparison to the sales last year, believing some shoppers checked out the bargains before returning the next day to buy items.
“We don’t mind that they are taking their time to think about purchasing as long as they keep coming back,” he said.
Kmart manager Scott Mills said the clothing department had recorded high sales over the past few days and there were also strong sales in outdoor equipment, barbecues and camping gear.
But ARA executive director Richard Evans warned that the lure of savings could trick some into a debt trap.
“The Boxing Day sales are great but if you buy something you don’t need, you haven’t saved anything at all,” he said.
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