Julie Aschkenasy casts her eye over some of the best bargains on offer
Department stores and superstores

ASDA Starts 28 December at 9am. All stores. Ends 22 January. (Head office 0532-435 435).

Debenhams Sale starts at 8.30am today. All branches 334-338 Oxford Street, London W1 (071-580 3000). Extra bargains during the first 90 minutes of the sale. Reductions include 25 per cent on all soft toys, one-third off girls' partywear, 50 per cent off selected men's suits and knitwear.

Fortnum & Mason Sale starts on 29 December at 181 Piccadilly, London W1

(071-734 8040).

Harrods Starts on 4 January, 9am and ends 28 January, 7pm. Knightsbridge, London SW1 (071-730 1234). Account-holders receive extra 10 per cent off sale prices on 7 January. Sale previews 29-31 December. Half-price: Rifat Ozbek, Anna Sui, Jean Muir, Workers for Freedom and Ally Capellino womenswear; and selected swimwear, riding jackets and tennis racquets.

John Lewis Partnership Starts on 29 December at John Lewis, Oxford Street (071-629 7711) and Peter Jones, Sloane Square (071-730 3434); John Lewis, Brent Cross; and John Lewis at High Wycombe, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. Other branches starts on 28 December.Feather and down duvets, 12 tog, single £19.50, double £29.50, king size £39.50.

Liberty Starts today at 9am. Regent Street, London W1 (071-734 1234). Half-price candles and candlesticks, half-price Christopher Healey furniture, one-third off garden accessories.

Marks & Spencer Starts today, except in the City branches and small, mainly food branches (customer inquiries 071-935 4422, or call branches for opening hours).

Selfridges Starts at 9am today. Oxford Street, London W1 (071-629 1234). Ladieswear reductions include 50 per cent off selected lines of Gossard "Raffaella" Chantelle, and Passionata. Calvin Klein jeans, Max Mara jackets and suits reduced by 50 per cent.Menswear r eductions include 50 per cent off selected lines of Nicole Farhi, DKNY, Hugo Boss. Save £100 on some YSL suits. David Charles childrenswear has 50 per cent off selected lines.

Furniture and home design

Conran shop Starts on 7 January for one week. Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW1 (071-589 7401). Reductions of about 20-30 per cent on regular merchandise, ex-display upholstery and discontinued ranges. Some large reductions on damaged goods and samples.

Elizabeth David Cookshop Sale starts at 10.30am on 29 December at 3a North row, The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2. (071-836 9167). Reductions on Le Creuset cast iron casseroles from £65 to £49, traditional 22cm Cocotte from £47. Savings of about 20 per cent on the retail prices of Le Creuset products. Other items (except cookbooks and electrical products) reduced by 10 per cent.

Fired Earth Starts 31 December. All stores. Twyford Mill, Adderbury, Oxon (0295-812088). Discounts of up to 25 per cent on wall and floor tiles including Brazillian Delft and French glazed wall tiles, African slate and terracotta floor tiles; 20 per centon natural fibre floorcoverings.Discounted tribal rugs and cushions.

Habitat Today until January 22. All stores. Discounts including 50 per cent off Jardin double bed with headboard, 50 per cent off selected linen.

Heal's Starts at 10am today. Ends 22 January. 196 Tottenham Court Road, London W1 (071-636 1666). Guilford branch, today at 9am (0483-576715). Stores will be open on Sundays, noon -6pm, including New Year's Day, during the sale. Reductions of 20-50 per cent, including Avon bed, 5ft by 6ft 6in, down from £2,495 to £1,995; laundry hamper set, £45; Angle Dome mirrors in cherrywood, £29.95.

IKEA Starts today and runs until 15 January. Branches at 2 Drury Way, North Circular Road, London NW10 (081-208 5600); Valley Park, Old Power Station, Off Purley Way, Croydon (081-208 5601); 910 Europa Boulevard, Warrington (0925-655 889); Metro Park West, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear (091-461 0202); Park Lane, Wednesbury, West Midlands (021-526 5232). Black two-seater sofa, £199.

David Mellor Starts 7 January, finishes 21 January, 4 Sloane Square, London SW1 (071-730 4259). Discounts of 10 per cent on all standard kitchen merchandise. Up to 90 per cent discount on slightly damaged or soiled merchandise.

Reject Shop Now on. 116-128 The Plaza Shopping Centre, Oxford Street, London W1 (071-255 2240); 229-232 Victoria Centre, Nottingham (0602 472563); 139-153 Grainger Street, Newcastle (091-232 7274). Half-price sofas, glasses, duvets, rugs, vases and mirrors.

Smallbone Starts on 28 December at 105 Fulham Rd, London SW3

(071-589 5998).

Men's and women's fashion

Alfred Dunhill Sale starts 31 December at 30 Duke Street, London SW1 (071-499 9566). Starts today in store at Selfridges, starts 4 January in store at Harrods.

Amanda Wakeley Now on. 80 Fulham Road, London SW3 (071-584 4009). Reductions of 40-80 per cent on designer clothes for women.

Austin Reed Sale starts today 103-113 Regent Street, London W1 (071-734 6789). Starts on 28 December at Canary Wharf, Fenchurch Street and Liverpool Street stores. Account customers receive 5 per cent off sale prices for the first three days of the sale.Menswear re ductions include wool overcoats from £250 to £199; silk ties from £25 to £12.50. Womenwear reductions include silk blouses reduced from £99 to £49 and faux-fur-collared coats from £280 to £195.

Aquascutum Sale starts today at 100 Regent Street, London W1.

(071-734 6090).

Bally Sale starts today, except at Cheapside store (071-332 0363), 28 December, and Jenners Department Store, Edinburgh, 29 December). Items reduced by up to one-third.

Blazer Sale starts today, except at Canary Wharf, Broadgate and Fenchurch Street stores, 28 December, and Glasgow branch, 26 December). Head office: 081-749 1251. Cotton business shirts, reduced from £37.50 to £25; wool three-button single-breasted suitsin flint-grey pinstripe or willow, from £250 to £175, cotton denim shirts from £45 to £29.

C&A Starts today. All stores. 501-519 Oxford Street, London W1 (071-629 7272).

Chanel Starts on 7 January for one week. 26 Old Bond Street, London W1 (071-493 5040); 31 Sloane Street, London SW1 (071-235 6631). Reductions of about 30 per cent on ready-to-wear collections and shoes.

Dr Martens Sale starts on 29 December. 1-4 King Street, London WC2 (071-497 1460).

Fenwicks Starts at 9.30am today at 63 New Bond Street, London W1 (071-629 9161); Brent Cross; Windsor; Tunbridge Wells; Canterbury; York and Leicester. Starts 28 December at large Newcastle branch. Sale prices reduced by 10 per cent, 9.30am-1pm today at Bond Street. Reductions of 25-50 per cent. At Bond Street: women's wool and cashmere trenchcoats from £189 to £99; Nicole Farhi wool-and-silk herring-bone jackets, from £279 to £139 and matching trousers from £149 to £69.

Fior Starts 28 December at 27 Brompton Road, London SW3 and 31 New Bond Street, London W1 (071-589 0053). Up to 50 per cent off evening bags, leather bags, watches and selected jewellery items.

French Connection Now on. 15 branches. Inquires (071-580 2507).

Gina Starts 28 December at 189 Sloane Street, London SW1. (071-249 1984). Reductions from 30 per cent on designer shoes.

Harvey Nichols Starts 28 December at 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1 (071-235 5000). Account customers receive additional 10 per cent off the sale price for the first four days. Reductions of up to 50 per cent on selected items.

Jaeger Now on. 200-206 Regent Street, London W1 (071-734 8211).

Joseph Starts today at noon. 77 Fulham Road, London SW3 (071-823 9500), 26/27 Sloane Street, London SW1 (071-235 5470), 124 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 (071-225 0364). Discounts of at least 25 per cent.

Laura Ashley Starts today. All branches. 256-258 Regent Street, London W1 (071-437 9760).

Moss Bros Now on. 88 Regent Street, London W1 (071-494 0666).

Olympus Starts 3 January. 301 Oxford Street, London W1 (071-409 2619).

Principles Starts today. All stores. Colegrave House, 4th Floor, 70 Berners Street, London W1 (071) 927 1938. Reductions from 25 per cent.

Red or Dead Starts on 5 January, 10am. All stores. 43 Stephenson Street, Birmingham (021-643 3343); 75 Park Street, Bristol (0272 298601); 70 Buchanan Street, Glasgow (041-204 4288);1 & 23 Thomas Neal's, Earlham Street, London WC1 (071-240 5576). Up to 50 per cent off footwear, clothes and accessories.

Replay Starts 6 January at The Replay Country Store, 33 High Bridge, Newcastle. (091-222 1716)

Discounts of at least 25 per cent.

Russell & Bromley Starts today at 9am. All stores. 24 New Bond Street, London W1 (071-629 6903). Discounts of about one-third. Ladies' classic leather court shoes from £99.50 to £69.50. Men's Italian Moresci shoes from £135 to £89.75.

Simpson Starts today. 203 Piccadilly, London W1 (071-734 2002).

Small and Tall Women's shoes.The sale for large sizes (8-11) is on 12-14 January. Small sizes, 19-21 January. 71 York Street, London W1 (071-723 5321).

Wallis Now on. All branches. 272-274 Oxford Street, London W1. (081-910 1104).

Warehouse Sale starts at 10am today. Reduced items at all branches. 19-21 Argyll Street, London W1. (071-437 7101).