Shoppers on the hunt for Boxing Day deals

While there was some concern among local retailers that Black Friday's deals would cut into sales on Boxing Day, people were lined up at stores across Ottawa this morning to be the first ones inside to take advantage of the bargains.

At the Future Shop on Olgilvie Road, shoppers began lining up at 2 a.m. Shortly after its doors opened seven hours later, customers began streaming out with televisions and a wide array of other electronics.

Sales manager Joseph Allaham said he expected this Boxing Day to be slower after the store offered Black Friday discounts, but thanks to more in-store deals, the customers kept coming.

"We're trying to close the gap between the States and Canada," said Allaham. "We're trying to attack more pricing to keep the sales north of the border."

Customers like Brent Blayney said that if saving money is your goal, today's the best day to shop.

"You get a better deal often than the rest of the year," he said.

According to a Bank of Montreal survey, 62 per cent of Canadians will spend money on Boxing Day and of that group, the majority of shoppers are women.

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