Christmas shopping booms with last minute sales

THE Australian Retailers Association says spending over the Christmas season is expected to be about 4 per cent higher than last year.

Some major shopping centres around the country have stayed open all night and a busy day is expected as people do some last-minute gift buying.

ARA executive director Russell Zimmerman says it has been a pretty good Christmas retail period after what has been another tough year for the industry.

"The total spend in the six weeks leading up to Christmas, we believe, will be around $41.2 billion, and that's about a 3.9 per cent increase from where we were last year," he said.

"We're reasonably comfortable with that."

Read more at ABC news online.



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