11 Dec '11, 4pm

Shoppers still spending big despite gloomy outlook: By Joanne Chan | Posted: 12 December 2011 0014 hrs SINGAPORE...

Shoppers still spending big despite gloomy outlook: By Joanne Chan | Posted: 12 December 2011 0014 hrs SINGAPORE...

SINGAPORE: Malls along Singapore's premier shopping belt, Orchard Road, were packed over the weekend, despite showers in the afternoon. But are cash registers ringing with the high traffic? The spirit of giving was certainly strong with some. A couple said: "I think we ended up spending quite a bit this Christmas compared to last Christmas." The less than rosy economic outlook also did not seem to weigh heavily on many. "It's Christmas, and with Christmas you always have a budget in mind. You keep to what you need to get and that's it," said one. Shoppers are spoilt for choice this Christmas season, and shopping malls are going all out to draw in the crowds. From having late night shopping, to putting up elaborate decorations, it is not just about having the right mix of goods, but also, the entire shopping experience. For those who need a break from retail therapy, they a...

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