24 Dec '11, 8am

Last minute shoppers brave rain, crowds in Orchard Road

Last minute shoppers brave rain, crowds in Orchard Road

SINGAPORE: Shoppers on Saturday were out early in the heart of Singapore's shopping district, Orchard Road, hoping to avoid crowds and the heavy rain that dampened festive shopping spirits on Friday. A female shopper said: "This is the only time I can spend to do last minute shopping. I'd love to come on the weekdays but sometimes it's very packed, so I come earlier, but I still see a lot of people. "But it's nice shopping at the last minute too. At least we enjoy the festive mood. So I'm quite happy with it." A British man said: "I couldn't get out of the house. I needed to buy some presents to surprise my wife. She thinks we're at the park now with the kids, but we just bought some stuff for my wife." Retailers Channel NewsAsia spoke with said their business was severely affected by Friday's wet weather - some reported a 90 per cent drop in earnings. With Saturday being ...

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