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Busiest day in six years for Irish stores on St Stephen's Day

Published 26/12/2013 | 12:02

Que's forming at Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Que's forming at Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Ursula Kumer staff member of Jager at the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
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26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
26/12/13 General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Henry and Markera Coyle at the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes within the shoe garden at the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes of the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
General scenes within the shoe garden at the Arnotts sales in Dublin this morning Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Doors open and there off in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Rachel Sharry admires a shoe in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Michael Kors beauty sets were snapped up in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Que's forming at Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
One of the first shopper in the door at Arnotts winter sale in Dublin © Michael Chester No Reproduction Fee
One of the first shopper in the door at Arnotts winter sale in Dublin © Michael Chester No Reproduction Fee
Eager shoppers were out early in the Coach boutique in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Yaqi Zhang admires a handbag in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Louis Ye waites for his mother in the Coach boutique in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Louis Ye waites for his mother in the Coach boutique in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
The ladies shoe department in Arnotts Dep store where the Winter Sale started at 9am St Stephens day © Michael Chester NO Reproduction fee
Shoppers hit Brown Thomas for the St Stephen's Day sales Pic: Brown Thomas

IT was the busiest St Stephen's Day in six years for Irish stores - with sales up by 20 per cent, according to a retail group.

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Retail Excellence Ireland released the figures today.

It was sheer pandemonium on Dublin's Grafton Street yesterday as thousands of shoppers took to the high streets in search of post-Christmas bargains.

Hundreds of people queued at all five entrances to luxury department store Brown Thomas to be the first in the door when the sale officially began at 9am.

As the doors swung open, a stampede of bargain-hunters made a beeline for the accessories department where luxury brands like Prada and Michael Kors handbags were marked down by 40pc.

Some determined shoppers even got up in the middle of the night last night in order to be among the first people in the doors.

Cindy Yu, 30, who is originally from China got up at 3:30am and drove to Dublin from Dundalk in order to get a jump on the sales.

"It's crazy," she said.

Armed with a credit card and budget of several hundred euro, the childminder was among a throng of shoppers snapping up three or four Michael Kors handbags at a time.

"It's good value and I need a handbag anyway," she said.

Brown Thomas Managing Director Stephen Sealey said many of the customers are Chinese ex-patriates looking to snap up a bargain for the Chinese New Year on January 31.

Others were seeking out reductions of up to 65pc on women and men's fashion and 50pc off accessories, he said.

Around 200 customers queued outside Arnott's department store on Abbey Street when its sale also kicked off at 9am.

The pace, however, was a bit more relaxed as shoppers sought out bargains of up to 50pc on some leading brand name fashions, including Paul Costello and Gerry Weber.

Over at the store's "Shoe Garden", Trinity College dental student Laura Gibney, (21), from Booterstown, was searching for a pair of black knee-high boots but insisted she wouldn't buy anything "just because it's on sale."

"There are some reasonable deals but it's not fantastic," she said.

Irish Independent

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