In pictures: Shoppers hit Boxing Day sales

Bargain-hunters are hitting the high street for the traditional Boxing Day sales amid predictions more will be shopping this year to beat rising prices.

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Around one in three Britons (34%) will go to the festive sales, up from 23% last year, according to Barclaycard.

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Consumer appetite for the post-Christmas sales period fell away last year after an extended period of discounting that began well before November's Black Friday.

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VoucherCodes and the Centre for Retail Research also predict the Boxing Day sales will attract more than a third of the UK's population, expecting them to spend a record £4.3 billion - a 12% rise on 2016.

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Barclaycard's poll found months of "feeling the squeeze" this year is resulting in many consumers looking forward to the sales to ease their budgets.

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Thousands flocked to Oxford Street in central London to grab a bargain, with shoppers clutching large numbers of bags from stores like Next and Selfridges.

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(John Stillwell/PA)

Queues formed inside and outside department store as people waited to get items with up to 50% off.

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(John Stillwell/PA)

Security guards kept watch and maintained barriers as bargain hunters got in line for high-end brands such as Gucci, Prada, Jimmy Choo and Burberry.

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