Rebecca English serves customers at Glassons on Saturday.
Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Boxing Day sales drove a day of festive spending in
Dunedin, with shoppers on a mission thronging city streets.
George St shops were packed with customers, and Michael Hill
Jeweller staff reported a queue of about 20 people before the
The first bargain-hunter had arrived at 5am.
A queue had also formed at The Warehouse in South Dunedin.
Outside The Warehouse, the Taane family were leaving with a
trolley full of goods, having cashed in vouchers they
received as presents on Christmas Day, and picked up a cheap
"We do it every year. We try to get in early and get the
bargains," Jamie Taane said.
Early reports of sales nationally suggested the number of
transactions was comparable with last year, the New Zealand
Press Association reported.
Eftpos-provider Paymark chief executive Simon Tong said that
by 4.30pm on Boxing Day shoppers had spent $77 million in
electronic transactions, with 77 transactions a second
between noon and 1pm.
On Christmas Eve, shoppers nationally spent $226 million in
electronic transactions, $10 million more than last year.
Glassons was wall-to-wall with young shoppers, and
third-in-charge Rebecca English said things had been "busy
from the start".
Arthur Barnett duty manager Yvette Billot said it had been a
"great day" in the store.
"There were so many people in town.
"They came in on a mission . . . they basically decided they
were buying something before they left the house," she said.
Stores outside the main shopping street were also busy, with
long queues and a full car park at Harvey Norman, and many
shoppers at Crawford St outlets.
Otago Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Christie said
it was hard to know how the transaction numbers compared with
other years until the statistics came in, but it did appear
to have been a "pretty strong day of retailing".