Canadians hit the stores for annual Boxing Day sales madness

VANCOUVER - Shoppers were out in force across much of Canada today trying to snap up deals in the annual Boxing Day sales.

In southern Ontario it's unclear how last weekend's ice storm has affected sales, but the manager of one of Toronto's biggest shopping malls says weather problems haven't kept people away.

Yorkdale general manager Anthony Casalanguida (kah-sah-lan-GWEE’-dah) says you'd never know there were weather problems based on the number of shoppers in the mall.

He says since Monday many people without power have been using Yorkdale as a warming centre while others with no power at home came to the mall to recharge cell phones and laptops.

Casalanguida says it's hard to tell what the bottom line for retailers is since most won't have final sales figures available until next month.

But he says the mall is on track for a five per cent increase in shoppers this Boxing Day compared to last year.

It was a similar story at Toronto's downtown Eaton Centre, where many of the thousands of bargain hunters were trudging through the mall wearing heavy winter coats.

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