Retailers rely on Christmas rush

DECEMBER is the lifeblood of Tony Symonds' Harvey Norman store at Lismore.

People are busy buying Christmas gifts for loved ones and the shop has had a massive influx of buyers during the past few weeks.

"December is very important - the most important month of the year," Mr Symonds, the store's franchisee, said yesterday.

"There's definitely been an increase in shopping compared to the past three or four months."

Some of Harvey Norman's biggest sellers this December have been iPods, small appliances, hair care appliances and TVs.

With the final Christmas rush approaching, many retailers will extend their trading hours.

From December 19-21, Lismore Shopping Square will be open until 7pm and until midnight on December 22.

Ballina fair will also extend its trading hours in the week before Christmas.

There are plenty of fun Christmas activities to do next week as well, including Carols by Candlelight in Riverside Park, Lismore, December 18; Christmas Markets at Butler St Reserve, Byron Bay, December 18; and Christmas Eve Street Festival in Byron St, Bangalow.



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