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Extra time for Christmas gift buying as shops open late

Shop local.

Christmas shoppers are encouraged to buy local this week, after new figures show people here spent $9.3 million in recent Black Friday sales.

This Thursday is late-night shopping in the city centre and Gisborne City Centre Vibrancy encourages Tairawhiti to get out and about and “shop CBD”, manager Lana Davy said.

“Many shops will be open later on Thursday, December 17. So you can do the Christmas shopping at your leisure,” she said.

“There will be Carols in the City and elves and fairies too.”

Santa's Grotto in Treble Court would also be open late, from 6pm to 9pm.

There would also be market stalls and activities for children, she said.

Figures from Paymark, which processes the majority of electronic purchases, show Gisborne shoppers spent $9.3m for the week ending December 8, which incorporated the now annual Black Friday sales.

“Spending across the board is expected to pick up further in the next two weeks, building to a peak near Christmas Day,” a Paymark spokesman said.

“With Christmas Day falling on a Friday, the peak spending day is expected to be either the Wednesday (as in 2015) or Thursday (as in 2009) immediately before Christmas Day.

“Last year the peak spending day was on the Friday ahead of Christmas Day on Wednesday.”

Paymark figures are compiled from spending in retail stores around New Zealand and do not include online spending. This is traditionally done via credit card and processed outside the Paymark network.

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