With just under a month to go to the biggest shopping day of the year, UK shoppers are getting ready to spend more money than ever before.
Retailers are bracing themselves for Black Friday which falls on 27th November this year, when deals and discounts will be offered across a large array of products to kick-start the Christmas shopping season.
Last year, British consumers spent £810m on Black Friday, that’s a rate of £9,375 every second. This year, 2015 sales are expected to surpass £1bn, with some predicting that’s how much UK shoppers will spend on just online purchases.
The forecast has been made following a steady increase in online shopping generally, as well as more widespread knowledge of what Black Friday has to offer.
Originating in the US, Black Friday first arrived in the UK five years ago, by 2014 most major UK retailers including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Argos and even British Airways were involved, resulting in shoppers trampling over each other in their rush to enter stores. Police were called to stores to deal with crowd control issues, assaults, threatening customers and traffic issues.
This year, retailers have been advised to carefully plan their offers and displays in stores, managing crowd controls and employing larger security teams.
If you’re going to head out to the shops, it’s time to stock up on shopping bags, cash out the moneybox and get your elbows at the ready if you want to bag yourself a bargain!
I’ll be joining the madness from the comfort of my sofa at home. Good luck shoppers!