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Scotland's papers: Retailers hope for Boxing Day boost

Image caption The Boxing Day sales are the focus of several front pages. The Scotsman claims "troubled" high street stores are placing their faith in a Boxing Day boost as they cut prices for the traditional post-Christmas sales. The paper says the "beleaguered sector" was hit by disappointing trading in the run-up to Christmas.
Image caption The Courier says bargain hunters are expected to spend more than £400m in the sales, making today "Scotland's busiest shopping day ever". The report suggests the post-Christmas sales might offer discounts of up to 90% of normal prices. A retail expert claims we could see a "Black Friday-style rush" on day one of the sales.
Image caption The lead story in the Daily Record claims staff at the medical waste disposal firm HES "were left in tears" after a text message warned them their wages would not be paid into their banks on the Friday before Christmas. The story goes on to say that "insensitive messages" told staff to "switch off" and "try and enjoy Christmas" after telling them the bank would not release their pay.
Image caption The Herald leads with an education story, saying that a controversial policy that presumes all pupils should be taught in mainstream schools regardless of how vulnerable they are should be urgently reviewed. Teachers and charities have made this call after a series of reports raising concerns over the way pupils with complex learning or behavioural difficulties are being supported at school.
Image caption The Times, like almost all of the Boxing Day papers, features a photograph of the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex attending the Christmas Day church service at Sandringham in a "show of unity" following reports of a divide. The lead story claims more than a billion "bags for life" are handed out annually by supermarkets, "undermining their claims to be reducing waste by cutting down on single-use bags".
Image caption The Kate and Meghan "rift" is the lead in the Scottish Sun, which suggests the "Christmas truce" was called on the orders of the Queen and Prince Charles. "The feuding duchesses smiled and walked side-by-side as the royals went to church at Sandringham," says the paper.
Image caption The Scottish Daily Mail's top story says that thousands of patient records were deleted by accident by the Scottish Ambulance Service. The headline claims patients are "at risk in 999 data breach" after information on emergencies such as heart attacks, strokes and seizures were not shared with GPs.
Image caption Health advisers make the front page of the Daily Telegraph, which reports that Public Health England has drawn up plans to see calorie limits imposed on thousands of foods sold in supermarkets and restaurants, to help tackle obesity. The suggested limit of 544 calories per convenience meal would be "far below many of those sold today", the paper points out. It is not clear if this would affect products in Scotland.
Image caption "Scottish airport mayhem shame" is the headline on the Scottish Daily Express front page. The story says police dealt with more incidents of alcohol-fuelled trouble on board planes or at airports than anywhere else in the UK. The page also features a picture of royals Kate and Meghan.
Image caption The Daily Star of Scotland is expecting a "£5bn frenzy" of drinking and betting on sport this Boxing Day. The paper says British consumers will pay out "to finish the year on a high". Pubs and bookmakers will be among the biggest beneficiaries, it seems. "Thirsty Brits will sink a staggering 15 million pints and bet a whopping £100m on sport today," the paper says.

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