By Laura Haynes 

Shoppers shunned high street stores across the UK early this morning seemingly preferring to snap up bargains from the comfort of their own homes. Manchester’s Trafford Centre and the Birmingham Bull Ring were braced for crowds but staff largely outnumbered shoppers. Just five people turned up to Tesco in Walkden, Gtr Manchester, and a hand full of people turned up to Greggs, Birmingham Bullring this morning despite flinging open their doors at 5 am.