THE high streets were full of shoppers enjoying the second day of the Winter sales and the terraces packed with smokers on a glorious Saturday yesterday.

After a varied start to the sales on Friday with the department and super stores reporting a healthy start and the independent retailers a rather slow start, trading appeared to be much brisker yesterday lifting the optimism in some sectors of the retail industry which were braced for a poor winter sales period.

However, beginning on a Friday this year and with the shops open again today, the first three days of the Winter sales are now expected to return much better takings than the first few days of the sales last year.


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