'Black Friday' Boost

19 December 2014

High street retailers have reported huge success in the wake of the national ‘Black Friday’ phenomenon which saw shops of all kinds offer sale prices in late November.

Official figures show a 6.4% increase in November compared to the same month in 2013, the highest annual increase since May 2004. On a monthly basis sales rose by 1.6%, with growth in all areas..

Friday 28 November – nicknamed ‘Black Friday’ after the US annual Thanksgiving sales tradition – was also the busiest day on record for online retailer Amazon UK. Its website recorded orders for more than 5.5 million goods, with about 64 items sold per second.

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