A steady stream of Christmas shoppers flowed through Dunedin
shops at the weekend, but retailers say it is too early to
know whether spending is up on last year.
The centre of Dunedin was busy without being packed at the
weekend, shop assistants spoken to by the Otago Daily
Times saying sales had been similar to last year's
Toy World Dunedin branch owner Linda Verity said it was
quieter than usual at the start of December, but the slow
start had been balanced out by a ''stronger finish'' over the
past 12 days.
At this point it was about the same as last year, but there
were still a couple of days to go, Ms Verity said.
Lego had been a popular gift for both girls and boys this
year, toys based on the television series Peppa Pig
and Doc McStuffins being popular for girls and toys
based on the computer game Minecraft popular for boys,
Acquisitions team leader Hugh Spiers said shopping trends had
been similar to, or perhaps slightly busier than, last year.
''It's been the same sort of shopping patterns as well. There
are the people that need to get things posted [getting in
early], then there are the guys that have just finished work
coming in now, wearing their overalls.''
After a quieter-than-expected day yesterday, Mr Spiers was
expecting it to be ''absolutely crazy'' today.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
a lack of sales data meant it was too early to say whether
Christmas sales would be up on last year.