Treasurer Matt Kean said this year’s sales are expected to attract more people than last year with the Australian Retailers Association forecasting shoppers will spend $7.4 billion in NSW from today to mid-January.

“The Boxing Day sales are an opportunity for people to bag a bargain but also to support local retailers, many of whom have had a challenging few years through the pandemic and are starting to bounce back,” Mr Kean said.

“It’s predicted that there will be a rise in shoppers compared to last year so I’d encourage everyone to be respectful and patient if you are heading out to the shops.”

Retail trading laws allow shops across NSW to open on Boxing Day but only if their staff freely elect to work.