Shoppers have flocked to Hammerson shopping centres during December eager to snap up Christmas gifts.
Hammerson’s portfolio, which includes Silverburn in Glasgow, Bullring in Birmingham, Brent Cross in North London, Centrale in Croydon and Cabot Circus in Bristol, has already attracted more than 11.8 million shoppers in December.
December 16 was the busiest Sunday ever at Highcross in Leicester, with footfall up 30% on the previous year.
Retailers at Union Square in Aberdeen have employed more than 150 temporary staff to help cope with the demand over the festive season.
David Atkins, chief executive of Hammerson, said: “Consumers have started their Christmas shopping later this year, but the festive season is now well and truly underway. People are looking to spend their money wisely this year and there has been there has been a significant shift to a more thoughtful approach to buying gifts.”
He added: “The strong performance in the run up to Christmas is encouraging and we expect to see strong footfall and retail sales during the post Christmas sales rush.”