GIFTS READY TO GO: Your Habitat store manager Prue Badcock with a picnic hamper and boot barbie … some ideal last- minute Christmas presents. Picture: WILL SWANShoppers have spent up big this season with most retailers reporting trade on par with last year’s massive turnover, which topped $700 million Statewide.
The Australian Retailers Association has predicted Tasmanians will spend more than $714 million this year.
CityProm director Kerry Gay said that store owners in the city had been thrilled with shopping activity.
But shoppers have ditched the plastic and have returned to cash to pay for the gifts, she said.
“There have been current affairs shows on television about credit cards and the 12-month interest-free deals that have really scared people,” Ms Gay said.
“They are dealing in cash so they know exactly how much they can afford to spend because they are quite aware of how long it can take to pay off the credit card.”
Most large retailers will be open on Boxing Day but most small businesses will reopen next week, Ms Gay said.
“Because the small businesses only have two or three staff it is difficult for them to open but large retailers with 500 staff can roster people off.”
Your Habitat store manager Prue Badcock said that Habitat stores Statewide would not open on Boxing Day because it was a Sunday.
“Harris Scarfe, Myer and other big stores are opening so we probably should but our owner (Robert Parker) believes that we shouldn’t open as a reward,” Ms Badcock said.
“And being on a Sunday it is a time for family and friends.
“We will be open on Monday with our sales.”
Ms Gay said that a free Christmas bus service from Newstead College into town and return had been received well by shoppers, especially the elderly who found it difficult to negotiate busy traffic.
LAST-MINUTE IDEASYour Habitat
Picnic hamper $79
Boot barbie $69.95
U2 – How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb $29.95
Maroon 5 $29.95
Missy Higgins $29.95
So Fresh $34.95
In Tasmania, Nicholas Shakespeare $35
Brother Fish, Bryce Courtnay $39.95
Post Mortem, Ben Elton, $29.95
Dragon Keeper, Carole Wilkinson, $19.95
Capri Body Fashions
Simone Perele french lingerie
Bra $89.95, brief $39.95.
Charlton’s Sports Power
Air hockey and soccer tables $199.
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