Shoppers ring out old year in buying frenzy

CROWDS flocked to the shops on the last day of the year to take advantage of the sales.

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The city's Style Mile, which includes Sauchiehall Street, Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, as well as out-of-town malls in and around Glasgow, were packed on Hogmanay as customers tried to bag a bargain.

Kathy Murdoch, centre manager at the Buchanan Galleries, said: "The last day of 2013 is certainly bringing people into the city and the centre.

"We have experienced a busy week between Christmas and New Year and the sales are still going strong."

General manager of intu Braehead, Gary Turnbull said: "We have been very busy on Hogmanay with people buying up food and drink for party time at The Bells.

"The Marks and Spencer food hall and the Sainsbury's supermarket have definitely been favourite destinations for shoppers.

"But over the past few days our fashion stores have been a hot-spot in the centre with people buying new outfits and accessories for the New Year celebrations.

"Other big sellers have been perfume and entertainment goods, like televisions and DVD players.

"We've certainly had a busy end to the year."

The last-minute shopping rush came after Glasgow recorded a record Christmas trading period following an upsurge of shoppers in December.

As the Evening Times reported on Tuesday, year-on-year footfall in the city centre for the pre-Christmas period, between November 25 and December 19, rose by more than 113,000 to 4.7 million people.

Glasgow City Marketing Bureau said the Glasgow Loves Christmas campaign, combined with some big name retailers extending their opening hours to 7pm on weeknights have had a positive impact on festive trading.

rachel.loxton@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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