Christmas sales inject positive outlook for retailers
ROSE City retailers are reaping the benefits of a busy Christmas period, with positive sales figures giving businesses a much- needed boost.
There have been widespread reports of sales up from last year's numbers across the town.
Danny Lyons from Danny Lyons Sports estimates his sales in the past week were up 15% on last year.
"Christmas was good - it all happened in the past 10 days," he said.
"There's been a lot of people buying clothing and gift vouchers this year."
Mr Lyons said over the past decade Christmas sales had increased each year.
Despite being closed on Boxing Day, Rose City Shoppingworld retailers have also been busy.
Centre manager Jason Gard said retailers in the centre were very positive.
"The week leading up to Christmas was really good," he said.
"The couple of Sundays before Christmas were up - we had a lot more people through the centre.
"We had a lot of people from out of town - they seemed to have come to town to buy for Christmas."
The busy Christmas trade wasn't just limited to supermarkets and shops, with hairdressers also enjoying a good week.
Clare's Hair Together manager Jacinta Locke said the salon had been busy before Christmas.
"It seemed to have been the couple of days before were intense," she said.
"In the next week it'll stay pretty constant - we get a lot of walk-ins after Christmas."
Several major retailers in the centre opened on Monday, driving crowds of shoppers to the centre.
Mr Gard said the traffic through the door on the public holiday was good.
"The supermarkets both reported some really good results," he said.
"Everyone was in to stock back up after the shops had been closed for a couple of days."
For some businesses it's been a tough year, but the signs from Christmas are encouraging.
Bryson's Place owner Lynn Bryson said she was very pleased with her Christmas sales.
"It was as good as previous years," she said.
"Considering it hasn't been the best year in the world we're very, very pleased."
All eyes are now on the busy back-to-school period, with strong sales predicted in the coming weeks.
Mr Lyons said back to school would be even busier than Christmas.
"We've got a lot of people coming in with their vouchers," he said.
"From now on for me is very good - I'm probably busier than I am at Christmas."