Top time for budget shoppers

Shoppers reeling from the Federal and State Budgets are expected to make the most of bargains after department stores launched their half-yearly sales yesterday.

David Jones started its mid-year sales with savings of up to 50 per cent across all departments until July 13. Some items have been reduced 80 per cent.

Myer is holding pre-sales in the lead-up to its mid-year event - Australia's Biggest Stocktake Sale - from June 18 to July 27.

It launched a one-day Stocktacular Sale yesterday and will hold "countdown sales" leading up to its mid-year discount period.

David Jones' WA regional manager Ben Webster said the twice-yearly clearances played an important role in the department store's national sales growth.

"Our mid-year and end-of-year sales are a significant part of our overall sales strategy and there's a great opportunity to purchase great offers," he said.

Mr Webster said the half-yearly sales were one of David Jones' biggest trading periods nationally - second only to the Boxing Day sales.

"We are expecting nationally the second biggest traffic numbers for the week of clearance," he said.

Mr Webster said it was difficult to say if recent economic uncertainty, particularly after the Federal Budget, had affected people's spending habits.

The West Australian

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