P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:00:01      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES Just six weeks to Christmas and the dash for ferries in search of cheap booze and perfume at the French hypermarkets becomes more frantic. British bargain hunters will flood into Calais, Boulogne, Dieppe and Ostend in the next few weeks, but what exactly will they find? Do foreign ports really offer great gifts at rock bottom prices - or are we just sailing into shop horror? ——————————————————————————————————1/7—— By Colin Irwin Butlin's Family Holidays see ITV p270 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:00:11      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES The strength of the pound and our high tax rate means French and Belgian markets offer better value than ever. Some beer brands are half the price of the UK and there are plenty of bargains available for perfume, cigarettes, cheese, chocolates, spirits and even household goods like washing powder. Most big supermakets are now so geared to Brit shoppers they even list prices in English saying how much you save. ——————————————————————————————————2/7—— WIN a camcorder 413 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:00:00      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES Which? magazine has produced a table of comparative prices when you go shopping in one of the French or Belgian ports. UK Fr Bgm Stella Artois £12 £5 £6.60 Gordons Gin £15.20 £9.75 £10.40 Grouse whisky £17.40 £13.20 £13.30 Mouton wine £70 £49 £52 CK One Perfume £28.75 £23.50 £26.50 Ground coffee £11.40 £3.80 £6 Camembert £6.60 £4.30 £5.15 ——————————————————————————————————3/7—— See Weekend Money for cash help 520 NOW IT'S EVEN EASIER TO FIND LOVE: TELETEXT DATING ITV p390 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:01:15      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES Hordes of shoppers tumbling off ferries into French hypermarkets will find a lot more than cheap booze and perfume. Household goods like crocker8, kitchen gadgets, glassware and lamps as well as jewellery, bags and lingerie now also offer great value for bargain hunters. "France is a good place for sports clothes," says Duncan Larder of Which? mag. "I got some skiing equipment in Calais for a third of the price here." ——————————————————————————————————4/7—— Ferry latest 197 Rail 193 IN-DEPTH TAROT READINGS p623 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:04:04      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES Planning that Channel ferry trip for bargains? Be careful - the goods are cheap but it's not all plain sailing. "At this time of year the ferries are very full so be sure to book!" says Duncan Larder of Which? mag. "Small ferries and catamarans are quicker but may be cancelled if the weather's bad. "It's better to drive there in a car with a big boot. And remember in France you're expected to tip everyone!" ——————————————————————————————————5/7—— See Weekend Money for cash help 520 OVER 50? PICK SAGA FOR YOUR INSURANCE/FINANCIAL NEEDS, ITV p383 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:01:07      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES So you're planning to stock up on cheap goodies for Christmas? We asked Duncan Larder of Which? mag, where to go... "It depends - if you just want to fill your boot with booze then Calais has most choice. But it's not the prettiest place and is like shopping in England. There's more of interest in Boulogne. "Dieppe has good specialist shops and the only other day trip you can do is Ostend, which is a bit more expensive." ——————————————————————————————————6/7—— Pen pals 412 Love Stars 418 WIN A CAMCORDER p413 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ents
P411 Teletext 411 Nov 6 21:00:01      —————————————   ————— SAILING TO THE SALES Which is best for shopping day trips?  BOULOGNE: Best for food, esp. cheese! Good for kids' clothes and novelties.  CALAIS: Best for alcohol, but take a car for the hypermarkets.  DIEPPE: More expensive but good for food, houseware and great chocolates!  OSTEND: More expensive, but good on designer clothes, houseware and sweets! ——————————————————————————————————7/7—— Ferry latest 197 Rail 193 WIN A CAMCORDER p413 Pen Pals Gardens Recipe Total Ants