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Aussie shoppers forget crisis

2008-12-26 10:30:44 GMT2008-12-26 18:30:44 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

Bargain hunters in Sydney, Australia rush to sales despite economic downturn.

Australians flock to post-Christmas sales to pick up bargains amid concerns prices could soon rise.

SCRIPT:

Ready, steady, go!

Shoppers in Sydney, Australia rush to the bargain-bonanza.

Across the country they're expected to spend over 10 billion U.S. dollars in post-Christmas sales.

Department stores in Sydney opened early to catch the stream of eager shoppers. Some had even camped outside overnight.

It seems the gloomy economic front makes a bargain too good to resist.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNKNOWN SHOPPER, SAYING:

"It's actually quite good, this is my first Boxing Day sale, getting up at 4.30 in the morning to come down. So it's pretty good."

(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNKNOWN SHOPPER, SAYING:

"I think anytime is a good time for a bargain these days. With petrol prices down low at the moment, I think it's just anytime is a good time for a bargain."

And now could be as a good a time as ever.

The fall of the Australian dollar means that many prices of imported goods like furniture and clothing are set to rise in coming months.

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