Hunter shoppers trade cost-of-living worries for Christmas retail therapy

Michael Parris
Updated December 3 2023 - 4:10pm, first published 2:00pm
Shoppers lined up at the Kmart checkout at Westfield Kotara on Saturday morning.
Shoppers lined up at the Kmart checkout at Westfield Kotara on Saturday morning.

Shoppers are shrugging off the interest-rate blues in the Hunter, turning out in droves for some pre-Christmas retail therapy.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.

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