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Most Albertans staying home for Boxing Day

Last Updated Dec 26, 2018 at 4:05 pm MDT

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Summary

A new survey from a retailer website shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won't be at the mall on Wednesday

79 per cent of Albertans surveyed are staying at home for Boxing Day

CALGARY (660 NEWS) – Millions of Canadians are cramming shopping centres to find the best deals on Boxing Day while others are staying home.

A new survey released by the website RetailMeNot.ca shows that a large majority of Canadians surveyed won’t be at the mall on Wednesday.

The survey found that 74 per cent of Canadians will avoid shopping malls during Boxing Day and Boxing Week due to the crowds.

That number is even higher for Albertans who took the survey as 79 per cent will likely stay home.

Public Relations manager with Retail Me Not Katie Hammill, said online shopping is likely the reason for these numbers.

“It’s definitely continuing to grow for Black Friday, Cyber Monday and now Boxing Day, we’re definitely seeing a shift in trend of more online shopping.”

That part of the survey found that just over half of respondents (55 per cent) think there are better Boxing Day deals online than there are in bricks & mortar stores.

Hammill said there was one aspect of the survey that really caught her attention.

“Over 20 per cent of Millennial parents say that they’re willing to call in sick or skip work to go shopping so while as a whole, not as many people are going out to shop, those Millennials are willing to do anything at all costs to get out there.”

The survey took in about 1000 respondents from across Canada.