Shoppers queue from 6am in Leicester for the Boxing Day sales

Just when you thought you’ve finished with shopping for the year, the Boxing Day sales have started.

Retailers are slashing prices on everything, from clothes to electronics, homeware to handbags – and things you’ve never known you needed.

People across Leicester have got up early to grab a sales bargain, with queues forming outside some stores like Next from 6am.

The Highcross shopping centre in the city centre opened at 9am today and will close at 7pm. The shopping centre is expecting nearly 100,000 shoppers during the day.

Most of the stores in the Highcross will be open today, however John Lewis is closed and will open tomorrow (27 December).

Fosse Park opened at 8am today and will close at 6pm today.

If you want to avoid the hassle of driving and parking in the city centre, the Park and Ride service is operating today.

It will be interesting to see if the traditional Boxing Day sales suffer due to spending on Black Friday and the continued squeeze on incomes. A recent survey by the BBC found 37% of people were expecting to spend less this Boxing Day due to spending on Black Friday.

The Boxing Day sales will last into the new year, with further price cuts expected in January as shops rid themselves of old and Christmas stock ready for new seasonal lines.

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