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Extra shop supplies in time for Christmas

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Leicester Tigers are making extra merchandise supplies available to cope with the pre-Christmas demand after reporting record sales.

There has been a 30-per-cent rise in sales at the Welford Road Club Shop and through online business at www.leicestertigers.com

This increase is being driven by sales of the new home kit, which was launched during the summer. And the current cold snap has also seen a sharp rise in the demand for hats, scarves and gloves.

David Clayton, Tigers managing director, said: "We are having a record season in the club shop with sales 30 per cent up, year on year.

"It is being driven by the new home shirt, which is proving a massive hit with supporters.

"And with the cold snap, we noticed an increase in sales of hats, scarves, gloves and fleeces for our home game last Saturday.

"As we head towards Christmas, we have been in touch with Cotton Traders and they are rushing through additional supplies but we would advise people to shop early to avoid disappointment."

Part of the increase has been driven by mail order purchases, and Clayton added: "Our mail order and online sales have shown exceptional growth over the past two or three seasons.

"They are now approaching a quarter of all sales and we expect this to grow even more."

Tigers have extended shop opening hours to cope with the Christmas demand.

The club shop at Welford Road is open 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, with late night opening on Wednesdays until 9pm from December 9. The shop opens 9am-5pm on Saturdays and until an hour after the final whistle on matchdays. It will also open on Sunday, December 13 and 20.

The Tigers mobile unit is now at Fosse Park Shopping Centre 9.30am-5pm on weekdays, 9.30am-6pm Saturdays and 10.30am-4pm Sundays.

Or visit the Cotton Traders store in Market Street, Leicester, which opens 9am-5.30pm Monday-Saturday and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sundays.

Shop online at www.leicestertigers.com or call the club shop on 0844 856 1880.