Boxing Day sales start early

22 December 2008

High street giant John Lewis is to kick-off its Boxing Day sale at 6pm on Christmas Eve, giving savvy shoppers the chance to bag some bargains while the turkey’s in the oven.

The retailer, which has already slashed prices in the run-up to Christmas, will offer discounts to shoppers from 24 December online, and from 27 December in-store. Deals include duck feather and down duvets from £24, Egyptian cotton sheets from £12 and towel sets from £14.50.

The clearance sale also includes Pilot cookware ranges from £9.75, a limited edition Molton Brown gift set from £14.50, and glassware from £5.75. Big ticket items range from a Tybalt cream sofa bed at £580, Frankie sofa beds at £288 and Whitton dining sets at £580.

For people keen to get into shape in the new year, John Lewis is also selling Horizon Ellipitcal trainers at £439.

John Lewis is not the only retailer to start its Boxing Day a full 48 hours early. B&Q plans to offer 50% off all kitchens and bathrooms from 7am on 24 December, both in store and online. It will offer up to 75% off other items.

Superdrug, meanwhile, will slash online prices by up to 90% on Christmas Eve.

Those looking to escape the family on Christmas Day itself might also be tempted to go online and check out the discounts as Currys and PC World, which are both launching their sales on 25 December.

Meanwhile, the three biggest supermarkets will open 200 more of their large stores on Boxing Day this year.

Tesco is to open 179 of its Extra supermarkets, 950 of its express stores and 10 large Homeplus stores from 26 December. Asda, meanwhile, will open 46 of its supermarkers and 21 Living outlets, while Sainsbury’s is opening 232 metro strores and 36 supermarkets.

Asda will also kick-off an online sale on Christmas Eve. And Tesco's January sale, expected to start imminently, includes BOGOF on sofas, up to 50% off telephones, and free delivery on all ipods. 

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