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|Shoppers queue for the Boxing Day sale at Harrods department store in London December 26 air jordan 13 retro wheat for sale , 2013. [PhotoAgencies] A butler serves coffee as shoppers queue for the Boxing Day sale at Harrods department store in London December 26, 2013. [PhotoAgencies] Bargain shoppers flooded the high street for the biggest shopping day of the year, packed with goods from all of the big name brands in London, England, United Kingdom on Dec 26, 2013. [Photoicpress] Bargain shoppers flooded the high street for the biggest shopping day of the year, packed with goods from all of the big name brands in London, England, United Kingdom on Dec 26, 2013. [Photoicpress] Women with multiple handbags in Selfridges quickly clear shelves of reduced products in Manchester, Greater Manchester, UK, on Dec 26, 2013. [Photoicpress] LONDON - After an initial rush to British retail stores for the Boxing Day sales on Thursday, only 0.5 percent more shoppers showed up than last year, final figures from retail data company Springboard showed.
Overall, 9 percent fewer bargain-hunters visited traditional town centre shops, offset by a 10 percent increase at both shopping centres and retail parks as of 4 pm (1600 GMT).
Early data had shown a rise of 8 percent across the country after many queued early in the morning for bargains but numbers dropped off later for high street shops, Springboard said.
Some stores opened at 6 am in London's main shopping district in the West End and Oxford Street, where over a million people were expected to turn out according to retailers.
Many shops started Britain's traditional "January sales" online on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to meet increasing demand for earlier and deeper discounting.
Britain's economy has been growing robustly and unemployment has fallen steadily but stagnating wages and rising utility bills are still squeezing living standards.
Department store John Lewis reported record sales for the week before Christmas on Thursday and said that for the first time it expected most British shoppers to use smartphones rather than desktop computers to make online purchases.
It said its sales in the week to Dec 21 were up 4.2 percent on last year at 164.4 million pounds ($270 million), surpassing the 160 million-pound mark for the first time.
The department store will release its five-week trading update on Jan 2.
The retailer also said that on Christmas Day, three in four shoppers used their smartphones or tablets rather than traditional desktops to shop on its site.
"The tipping point has now passed and we expect mobile to be the way the majority of people shop online from now on," said Mark Lewis, online director at John Lewis.
ADEN， Yemen， Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Some five pro-government soldiers were killed and several others wounded on Tuesday when two suicide car bombs struck an army base in Yemen's southern province of Lahj， a security official told Xinhua.
The terrorist attacks occurred when two suicide bombers detonated their explosive-laden cars near the base in Lahj province， causing huge blast， the Yemeni security source said on condition of anonymity.
The source said five were killed and nearly 15 others got injured who were moved to nearby hospitals for treatment.
Witnesses said that the first suicide bomber attacked the soldiers positioned at the main gate and the second bomber detonated his car inside the army brigade.
The base located few kilometers away from the strategic Anad military air base which hosts counter-terrorism American troops and forces of the Saudi-led Arab coalition.
No group has so far claimed the responsibility for the attacks.
Yemen， an impoverished Arab country， has been gripped by one of the most active regional al-Qaida insurgencies in the Middle East.
The al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)， also known as Ansar al-Sharia， emerged in January 2009， and had claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks on Yemen's army and government institutions.
It took advantage of the current security vacuum amid the ongoing civil war to expand its influence and seize more territories in Yemen's southern part.
Security in Yemen has deteriorated since March 2015， when a war broke out between the Shiite Houthi group， supported by former President Ali Abdullash Saleh， and the government backed by a Saudi-led Arab coalition.
More than 6，400 people have been killed in ground battles and airstrikes since then， half of them civilians.
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- In her first testimony to the Congress, U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reiterated central bank's plan to taper its stimulus exit despite recent weakness in the economy.
The current economic situation and outlook, as well as the monetary policy, were the main focus of the hearing held twice a year.
Yellen told lawmakers she expected "a great deal of continuity" in the central bank's monetary policy, saying that she served on the Fed policy-setting committee as the bank formulated its current policy strategy and she strongly supported that strategy.
Yellen, 67, took the oath of office to lead the Federal Reserve System on Feb. 3, succeeding Ben Bernanke, who stepped down after eight turbulent years. She was previously the Fed's vice Chair.
In the public debut in her new role, Yellen said while the economy gained steam at the end of 2013, recovery in the U.S. labor market was "far from complete," underscoring the importance of considering more than just the unemployment rate when evaluating the conditions of the labor market.
Her point of keeping an eye on wider range of labor indicators is particularly important as the unemployment rate, now at 6.6 percent, is near the 6.5 percent threshold the . Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Cheap Jerseys Cheap Sports Jerseys Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys China