Retailers have praised the State Government's decision to extend Boxing Day trading hours after Perth's major department stores reported shoppers descending on stores in force to take advantage of their post-Christmas sales yesterday.
Shops could open from 8am to 6pm on Boxing Day for the first time this year after trading hours were extended by four hours. Shops opened three hours earlier than last year and closed an hour later.
About 200 shoppers queued outside David Jones on Murray Street from as early as 3am to bag the best bargains in what have been hailed WA's biggest Boxing Day sales yet.
Fifteen-year-old Parshant Bisht, who was at the front of the line, said he rushed to the store early in the morning because he wanted to secure one of the $100 gift cards that went to David Jones' first 50 customers.
"I'm a guy, so I came to buy technology," Parshant said.
Grant Shore, who was near the front of the line with his family, said they came from Geraldton to do their annual shop for towels, cutlery and other household items.
"It's a bit of a trip for us. We've done it for five or six years now," Mr Shore said.
"Everyone gets their elbows out - it's good fun."
At Myer, bargain hunters crawled under the store's roller doors before they broke into a run to get to the biggest discounts first.
Myer WA general manager Kerry Davenport said the sales got off to a slower start this year because of the early opening but stores were "extremely busy" by 9.30am.
Ms Davenport said sales of men's business shirts, Christmas decorations, bedding, ladies' shoes and electronics were particularly strong.
David Jones WA regional manager Ben Webster said the new trading hours had helped the store achieve what looked to be record sales.
"We were absolutely blown away with the result," Mr Webster said.
Suburban stores also reported a strong turnout this year.
Australian Retailers Association executive director Russell Zimmerman said online sellers also had strong sales.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA spokesman Tim Bray said shoppers had taken advantage of the extended trading hours.