Boxing Day sales dip blamed on poor weather and Black Friday

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High street chains struggling while stores for ‘ultra-rich’ report huge trading numbers

The start of the Boxing Day sales has been a washout for retailers with the much smaller crowds blamed on a combination of bad weather and rival Black Friday discounts in November.

Shoppers still started queueing before dawn outside shopping centres such as the Trafford Centre in Manchester and branches of high street chain Next. However, by mid-afternoon retail experts estimated a slump in shopper numbers of 10% compared with last year.

Related: UK set for gloomy Boxing Day with heavy rain across all regions

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