Excited Brits braved snow and ice for the aisles of JD Sports, Primark and TK Maxx on Monday, as months of shopping restrictions came to an end in England. In towns and cities, eager spenders queued from midnight for pints while others waited in line for a haircut at dawn, as barbers and salons pulled up their shutters. It sent footfall figures rocketing, with the number of people on the high street up 218% by 9am. Springboard, which records spending data, said shopping centre visitors had risen by 340%. Across the high street, consumers are tipped to blow £1billion in the next 24 hours as England's economy reopens. An estimated 12million people are set to go shopping as many take advantage of 10pm closing times. On twitter, people shared queues outside Primark, TK Maxx and JD Sports as crowds gathered in the thousands. Desperate sportswear fans were seen fighting to join queues for limited edition Air Jordan and Nike Dunks trainers as JD Sports opened its Oxford Street outlet for the first time this year. Police were also called to deal with overcrowding outside Manchester’s Arndale shopping centre this morning as non-essential retailers reopened. Officers had to help security in… Read full this story
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