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Christmas spirit ramps up as retailers brace for crowds

prawnsWith Australians set to spend more than $48.1 billion in retail stores over the Christmas trading period from November 14 to December 24 2016, Roy Morgan’s Young Australians Survey has predicted the hottest-selling gifts for kids this Christmas.

Apple electronics top the ‘cool list’ with 69 per cent of children voting the iPad as the best gift this Christmas, closely followed by 54 per cent of children thinking the iPhone will be a nice stocking surprise.

While Apple-branded products take out majority of the top 10 hottest products this Christmas, the Fitbit appears to be the favourite among adults. This product continues to take the lead as the number one searched for gift two years in a row.

Elsewhere, the perennial 36-hour seafood marathon will be taking place at Sydney Fish Market, starting on Friday and continuing a twenty year tradition.

Over 100,000 visitors are expected to visit Sydney Fish Market during the marathon, with 700 tonnes of fresh seafood to be traded – the equivalent weight to 350,000 Christmas trees. It is expected that over 200 tonnes of prawns, and 900,000 oysters will be sold over the 36 hours.

“The 36-hour seafood marathon is a longstanding tradition for us,” said Bryan Skepper, GM, Sydney Fish Market. “Visitors can expect a colourful and exciting atmosphere throughout the 36 hours – it is a great opportunity for everyone to enjoy the buzz of the marathon, stock up on Christmas supplies and enjoy some delicious seafood on the boardwalk.”

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