1. 'Worth every minute': Queues in cars, shops to get Boxing Day bargains  The Canberra Times
  2. Best Boxing Day deals online and in-store in Australia  Herald Sun
  3. How to bag a Boxing Day bargain without breaking the bank  The New Daily
  4. Record-breaking Boxing Day sales expected as thousands flock to stores  The Mercury
  5. 'Big ships to turn around': Department stores face new year slump  The Sydney Morning Herald
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Cars were parked along Canberra Avenue near the Canberra Outlet Centre on Wednesday afternoon, while retailers expected their biggest day of trade for the year.

The annual Boxing Day sales were up and running before the sun was up, but crowds were down on previous years.

Feverishly hunting down Boxing Day bargains in Australia has become a Christmas tradition, and pre-planning can take the madness out of the annual sales.

Aussie bargain hunters have streamed into shops on Boxing Day for a projected $2.5 billion splurge on sales.

Industry pessimism has set in as big retailers struggle to compete with the shift online.