Stores braced for bargain hunters

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Tens of thousands of shoppers are expected to hit the high street today in search of a bargain in the Boxing Day sales.

Queues of customers are likely to form outside some shops from as early as 5am, with many stores opening their doors an hour later.

Staff at Aberdeen's Union Square shopping centre are preparing to welcome hoards of shoppers following a busy festive period.

Figures show footfall at the centre increased 8% in the week before Christmas.

General manager Ryan Manson said: "There are some great deals on in the centre and shoppers will be keen to snap them up and we are anticipating them arriving early this morning.

"Traditionally when people talk about Boxing Day sales they think of clothes but now this extends to the best gadgets, phones, homewear and toys."

Union Square's branch of clothes store Next will open at 6am to deal with expected high demand for its sale, while Marks and Spencer will open at 8am.

A busy Boxing Day is also predicted in Glasgow with queues at Silverburn shopping centre expected from 5am.

The centre enjoyed a 20% year on year boost in footfall over the week leading up to Christmas.

Retailers have now slashed prices by as much as 83% in a bid to attract more buyers.

General manager David Pierotti said: "It's tradition for Boxing Day to offer some fantastic deals and we are expecting our customers to start snapping them up as Next opens at 6am."

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