Christmas glow brings smiles to Orchard

Shoppers pausing for a shot with the Christmas glitter outside Paragon shopping centre in Orchard Road yesterday, as thousands thronged the shopping district to make last-minute purchases.

Orchard Road has been buzzing in recent weeks. Retailers say it is a reflection of what has been a busier-than-normal festive period.

Many retailers have reported a surge in spending on the back of Black Friday sales and other festive promotions.

The improved sentiment was also reflected in a Nielsen survey, which showed a rise in consumer confidence here in the third quarter of this year on the back of the improving economy.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2017, with the headline 'Christmas glow brings smiles to Orchard'. Print Edition | Subscribe