A busy day at the shops
With just over a week to go before Christmas High Street stores opened their doors to shoppers on Sunday
17 December 2007
With just over a week to go before Christmas High Street stores opened their doors to shoppers on Sunday. Normally, most shops in Belgium are closed on Sunday with only smaller shops and stores in areas that attract large number of tourists being allowed to open.
However, an exception is made for the period in the run up to Christmas and on a few Sundays during the January and July sales.
The shops being open combined with the Christmas markets that are being held in many of our towns and cities attracked shoppers into town in their droves.
Around 70% of all non-food outlets in our High Streets and shopping centres were open. The retail trade association Fedis reports that shops selling electrical goods enjoyed a particularly good day's sales.
However, a Fedis spokesman added that there were less people shopping this year than there were during the pre-Christmas shoppers' Sunday in 2006.
However, some shoppers may be holding back until next Sunday before doing their Christmas shopping.
Meanwhile, the operators of the numerous temporary open air ice rinks in towns across Flanders report that business is particularly brisk this year.
Furthermore, the cold and dry weather in recent days has provided perfect conditions for the ice.