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THOSE who smugly finished their Christmas shopping weeks ago can wipe the grin from their faces last minute shoppers are having the last laugh. Peterborough stores have started their January sales early with prices slashed on hundreds of items. Bo Wilson hits the shops.

THOSE who smugly finished their Christmas shopping weeks ago can wipe the grin from their faces last minute shoppers are having the last laugh. Peterborough stores have started their January sales early with prices slashed on hundreds of items.

At Waterstones, in Bridge Street, you can buy a Lord of the Rings gift set, containing an illustrated version of the book and its prequel The Hobbit, which has been reduced from 75 to half price.

There is also a discount on lots of books and audio cassettes, which customers have been taking advantage of.

Manager Anna Elmore said: “Over the last couple of days sales have increased dramatically, especially on audio. I would tell last minute Christmas shoppers to come to us, because we have lots of bargains. And books are presents you can unwrap again and again and again.”

And books for children are cheap now too at WHSmith there is a three for two offer on books, CDs and DVDs, which you can mix and match.

And comic annuals, such as the Beano, are all being reduced to 1.99 as of today, while they cost nearly 7 before.

Manager Malcolm Goddard said: “The mix and match offer has been very popular over the last cheap jerseys few days, and now boxed Christmas cards are half price, too.”

At John Lewis, there has been a steady reduction in prices, starting with women’s fashion because clothes outlets are beginning their sales.

Merchandise manager Helen Facer explained that it was John Lewis’s policy to match the price if you find the same product for less elsewhere.

“We have been cutting prices for about 10 days, mainly on the fashion floor,” she said.

“Top brands, including French Connection and Morgan, have up to 50 per cent off their ranges. There’s a lot going on.

“Especially for Christmas, we have reductions on gift food, with tins of special biscuits reduced from 10.95 to 7.95 and bottles are down from 15 to 12, including sparkling Chardonnay.”

There are boxes of 12 party crackers, containing balloons and streamers, down from 12 to 5, and glassware and china is reduced, including the popular Denby range of crockery.

Pasta bowls are down from 12.25 to 9.15 and teapots are down from 46 to 34.50.

In the toy department, board games are now three for two most games cost around 10 so you will be spending 20 instead of 30.

In the menswear department, designer dressing gowns by Stephen Powell are down from 59 to 39, and the Guyse lambswool knitwear range is half price.

CDs and DVDs are being snatched off the shelves for the ideal Christmas gift and HMV in Cathedral Square is already reducing prices.

This week, deals include The Pirates of the Caribbean DVD, which has been knocked down from 17.99 to 15.99, the Sugababes album Three down to 8.99 from 12.99 and the PS2 game Prince of Persia down from 40 to 29.99.

Westgate House department store has something for everyone and is reducing prices all over the store.

Spokeswoman Jill Basson said: “We have thousands of bargains in our winter sale, starting after Christmas, but there are lots of offers for Christmas. In ladies’ fashions, our party time range is reduced, as is our entertaining range of china and kitchenware.”

She named the store’s top bargain this week as the new Electrolux Cyclone vacuum cleaner, which has been cut to half price, from 149.99 to 74.99.

In the luggage department, Everest expandable cases have been reduced from 79.99 to 39.99.

On Friday, Boots in Queensgate started a sale on baby clothes, and they are now half price.

There is also an ongoing mix and match Christmas offer, which has been in place for three years, where shoppers can buy three presents and get the cheapest one free.

Manager Jean Lowe said: “It is a real bargain for people buying nursery toys because you can buy two for 50 each and then get one free. You can go across a range of 2,000 products, and buy make up sets, or chocolates, and both gifts for him and for her.”.

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