23m people take to UK high street for boxing day sales

By Lara Keay For Mailonline

Published: 04:01 EST, 26 December 2017 | Updated: 04:06 EST, 26 December 2017

Millions of Brits braved the cold as they joined crowds of other dedicated shoppers to battle it out for the best Boxing Day bargains.

Sale shoppers queued through the night ready for doors to open as early as 6am at Next stores around the country, from Liverpool to London's Oxford Street.

Twenty-three million people are expected to crowd swarm high streets and crowd shopping centres up and down the country today – one in every two adults.

They're expected to splash out £4.5billion in total, far exceeding the Black Friday (£2.6billion) and 'last Saturday before Christmas' £1.67billion spends.

While sales at most stores begin at 9am, supermarkets like Sainsbury's decided to let crowds in earlier at 8am.

Tourists are expected to be among the biggest spenders, with foreign visitors from countries like China expected to splash out over £1,000 each.

Millions of Brits are braving cold and miserable weather to find the best Boxing Day bargains on the high street this morning. Dedicated sales shoppers are pictured with their Next shopping bags in Liverpool city centre after stores opened at 6am 

Millions of Brits are braving cold and miserable weather to find the best Boxing Day bargains on the high street this morning. Dedicated sales shoppers are pictured with their Next shopping bags in Liverpool city centre after stores opened at 6am

People queued up through the night with security guards on duty from 3am to coordinate crowds lining up for the famous Next Boxing Day Sale.  Here they wait eagerly outside the Silverlink Retail Park in North Tyneside People queued up through the night with security guards on duty from 3am to coordinate crowds lining up for the famous Next Boxing Day Sale.  Here they wait eagerly outside the Silverlink Retail Park in North Tyneside 

People queued up through the night with security guards on duty from 3am to coordinate crowds lining up for the famous Next Boxing Day Sale. Here they wait eagerly outside the Silverlink Retail Park in North Tyneside

On London's Oxford Street tourists are pictured queuing for the Next Boxing Day Sale. Foreign visitors are expected to be among the biggest spenders, with some splashing out over £1,000 each On London's Oxford Street tourists are pictured queuing for the Next Boxing Day Sale. Foreign visitors are expected to be among the biggest spenders, with some splashing out over £1,000 each 

On London's Oxford Street tourists are pictured queuing for the Next Boxing Day Sale. Foreign visitors are expected to be among the biggest spenders, with some splashing out over £1,000 each

In Leeds (pictured) shopping centres were full of hopeful bargain hunters queuing up for stores to open at 6am In Leeds (pictured) shopping centres were full of hopeful bargain hunters queuing up for stores to open at 6am 

In Leeds (pictured) shopping centres were full of hopeful bargain hunters queuing up for stores to open at 6am

At the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds, every floor was filled with shoppers young and old hoping to find a bargainAt the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds, every floor was filled with shoppers young and old hoping to find a bargain

At the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds, every floor was filled with shoppers young and old hoping to find a bargain

Next drew large crowds in central London (pictured) this morning as the bright lights of its window displayed lured thousands out of bed across the capital Next drew large crowds in central London (pictured) this morning as the bright lights of its window displayed lured thousands out of bed across the capital 

Next drew large crowds in central London (pictured) this morning as the bright lights of its window displayed lured thousands out of bed across the capital

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