Wales

Shoppers queue from early hours for sales bargain hunt

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Media captionCardiff's St David's Centre has seen record numbers of Christmas shoppers, managers say

Shoppers have been snapping up bargains at Boxing Day sales across Wales after queuing from the early hours.

Some people said they were waiting as early as 02:45 GMT outside stores in Wrexham.

Managers at the St David's Centre in Cardiff predicted they could take more than £2m on Friday alone at the end of their most successful year ever.

Staff at the Quadrant shopping centre in Swansea said the busy run-up to Christmas had resumed with the sales.

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Image caption Debra Griffiths, Sarah Rowland and Helen Williams were first in line at a Wrexham clothes store
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Image caption Swansea's Quadrant Shopping Centre was open at 07:00 GMT

Debra Griffiths, from Wrexham, was one of the first in line when the doors opened at 06:00 GMT at a clothes store at the town's Eagles Meadow shopping centre.

"The amount of money you can save is incredible. Last year I came out with about 18 bags full - although I did buy cushions too," she said.

'Rugby scrum'

Helen Williams, also from Wrexham, said she had been queuing since 02:45 GMT.

"It might be crazy but the savings you can make means it's worth it," she said.

"It's a case of grab what you can and then find a corner to sort out what you want and what you don't want, you can leave. It is a bit like a rugby scrum," she added.

Ian Kirkpatrick, manager of the Quadrant shopping centre in Swansea, said: "Boxing Day is hugely important and people were queuing for the 7am opening.

"Retailers have enjoyed a busy run-up to Christmas and this is continuing now we're into the sales period."

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