Retailers celebrate bumper Boxing Day

Tasmanian retailers estimate shoppers spent about $20 million in the Boxing Day sales.

Hundreds of people started their shopping early, with some department stores opening at 7:00am.

The Retailers Association's Robert Parker says the crowds were much better than those in the lead up to Christmas.

Sales were down 4 per cent in that period, due to the state's sluggish economy and high unemployment.

"It has been a pretty tough year for retailers the consumer sentiment has been really low and that normally impacts pretty badly on retailing and certainly that's the case in Tasmania where we've got some added pressures as well as all the national factors," he said.

"So it's been a pretty low year."

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