SHEPPARTON is open for business and during the holiday season, the community will have the chance to save big on a range of items right across the region.
From cuisine, fun and entertainment, fishing and hunting, homewares, décor and manchester to furniture, electrical goods, flooring needs, jewellery, hardware, automotive needs and everything in between there is sure to be something for everyone available in Shepparton these holidays, and all at great prices.
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry President, Leanne Hulm said, “Boxing Day and the holiday season is the perfect time for the community to get out and spend their money or gift cards.
“This is a great opportunity to get out and about and enjoy what the region has to offer. Our business community will no doubt be on sale, so it will be a fantastic time to support local businesses and shop local.
“Greater Shepparton is a fantastic place to shop and there is such a wide variety of products available. There really is something for everyone, whether you are a fashionista or a fisherman.
“We have spoken to our chamber members and the vibe is good this year. We are anticipating a bumper Boxing Day and holiday season for our local businesses.
“Chamber has suggested to members to take advantage of the shopping season and extend their trading hours for Boxing Day to really give the community time to find exactly what they want.”
National statistics gathered through debit and credit card transactions by National Australia Bank (NAB) and data analytics firm Quantium, is seeing this year’s spending season shaping up to be a bumper one as baby boomers splash out on spending, with customers spending $9.5B at retailers in the first week of December alone.
NAB Executive General Manager Consumer Lending, Angus Gilfillan said the data showed a strong December for Australian retailers.
“People are choosing to spend their money on entertainment, health and wellbeing, with retailers in this sector experiencing a 10.1 percent rise in spending in the first week of the month, compared with last year.
“Pharmacies and hardware stores are also benefiting from a jump in spending, with these sectors seeing 9.5 percent and 8.3 percent increases respectively.
“We have seen business conditions for retailers improve over the course of 2015 and December looks like it will be the icing on the cake.”
Quantium Executive Director, Tony Davis said baby boomers are proving to have the deepest pockets at this time of the year.
“Australian consumers aged over 65 spent 5 percent more in the first week of December than at the same time last year.
“This is a bigger jump in spending than the 4 percent for 45 to 64 year olds, the 3.2 percent for 25 to 44 year olds and the 3.9 percent for those under 25.”
Shepparton Chamber of Commerce and Industry have suggested that their members remain open on Saturday, December 26 from 9am to 4pm and on Monday, December 28 from 10am to 4pm.