black friday

Black Friday is happening November 24 ,2017

It may be still early  but that hasn’t stopped shoppers getting excited about this year’s Black Friday.

It is the one day of the year when hundreds of retailers slash their prices to tempt bargain-crazy shoppers to part with their hard-earned cash.

Despite it being very much an American day, it has now been well adopted here in England.

It is usually classed as the biggest shopping day of the year, with some stores opening earlier on the day to accommodate shoppers.

When 2017 year’s Black Friday?

In keeping with American tradition it always fall on the Friday after Thanksgiving meaning this year it will fall on November 24.

With Black Friday taking place before Christmas, it’s easy to see why it is so popular among shoppers, as it gives them a great excuse to sort out presents – at a fraction of the cost.

In previous years online retailer Amazon has remained a firm favourite thanks to its huge discounts on must -have items including PlayStations, Kindles and Fire Sticks.

How big was Black Friday 2016?

Britons spent a record £5.8 billion over the four days between Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2016 – an increase of 15 per cent on last year, according to and the Centre for Retail Research (CRR). Online retailers took approximately £2.8 billion of this – up 20 per cent from £2.3 billion in 2015, according to the data.

On Black Friday itself, experts estimate that £1.27 billion was spent in the 24 hour period – up 16 per cent on last year.

However, did you know that Black Friday is still completely trumped by China’s Singles Day, the world’s biggest online shopping day of the year? That finished on November 11 2016 with Chinese shoppers spending $17.8bn (£14.2bn) in 24 hours. It seems UK shoppers still have a way to go to beat that record.

Salesforce Commerce Cloud’s Jamie Merrick says that UK retailers didn’t discount as heavily as those in other countries. Consumers in the UK, he says, saw prices cut by an average of just 9%. That compared to Germany (23%), France (26%), the United States (29%) and Canada (36%).

China’s Singles Day V’s Black Friday?

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