Crowds descend on Boxing Day sales

26 DECEMBER, 2015:Retailers will throw open their doors from as early as 5am this morning for the annual Boxing Day sales event, where Australian shoppers are expected to spend $2.3 billion in just 24 hours, according the Australian Retailers Association (ARA).

Boxing Day sales are the biggest spending day of the year, with retailers offering up discounts as large 75 percent, on everything from large electricals to apparel and household goods.

ARA Executive Director, Russell Zimmerman, said retailers have been preparing for this day and the three weeks following it for almost 12 months, with large crowds traditionally experienced.

“Boxing Day gets off to an early start, with some stores opening to queues of people at 5am. While those waiting on the doorstep are likely to grab the biggest bargains of the day, there are plenty of discounts to be had throughout the entire post-Christmas sales period,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Boxing Day 2015 is especially big for retailers and shoppers in NSW, with this being the first year all retailers will be able to trade on the public holiday. In previous years, trade has been restricted to tourist precincts and the Sydney CBD.

“NSW shoppers around the state will all be able to head to the stores this Boxing Day following the reversal of these draconian laws last month,” said Mr Zimmerman.

“NSW and Victoria will be the biggest spenders this year, with popular products expected to be electricals, entertainment products, household goods and clothing and footwear,” he said.

Mr Zimmerman is available for comment today on Boxing Day shopping in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall from 7am to 1pm. To secure a time, pleasecall the ARA Media team on 0439 612 556.

Boxing Day 2015 sales

State

2015

NSW

$749,920,990

Victoria

$721,077,875

Queensland

$387,135,233

South Australia

$115,752,881

Western Australia

$200,878,807

Tasmania

$51,818,336

Northern Territory

$25,947,127

Australian Capital Territory

$48,957,876

NATIONAL

$2,301,489,127

(Australian Retailers Association)

ARA ROY MORGAN POST-CHRISTMAS 2015/16 SALES PREDICTIONS
December 26, 2015 – January 15, 2016

2015/16 Post-Christmas Sales Growth by State

State

2014 post-xmas

Actual ($mil)

2015/16 post-xmas

Forecast ($mil)

Predicted growth

(%)

NSW

5127

5321

3.8%

Victoria

3997

4220

5.6%

Queensland

3309

3419

3.3%

South Australia

1049

1083

3.3%

Western Australia

1877

1943

3.5%

Tasmania

316

324

2.6%

Northern Territory

172

176

2.1%

Australian Capital Territory

288

295

2.6%

NATIONAL

16135

16781

4.0%

(ARA/ROY MORGAN)

2015/16 Post-Christmas Sales Growth by Category

Category

2014 pre-xmas

Actual ($mil)

2015/16 pre-xmas

Forecast ($mil)

Predicted growth

(%)

Food

6593

6815

3.4%

Household goods

2796

2905

3.9%

Apparel

1243

1291

3.9%

Department stores

1042

1087

4.3%

Other

2192

2326

6.1%

Hospitality

2269

2357

3.9%

NATIONAL

16135

16781

4.0%

(ARA/ROY MORGAN)

-ENDS-

About the Australian Retailers Association:

Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is the retail industry’s peak representative body representing Australia’s $284 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. The ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit www.retail.org.auor call 1300 368 041.

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