So what is Black Friday and where did it come from?
Black Friday is now a tradition in the UK bringing with it a day of discounts for many high street shops and online retailers. Originating in the USA, folklore tells of American retailers spending the first 11 months of the year losing money (in the red), and only turning their losses into a profit on the day after Thanksgiving (the 4th Thursday in November). Their accounts would then be 'in the black', leading to the name Black Friday.
Although the day is not officially linked to Christmas, there is an emphasis on buying your Christmas presents on the day. According to a 2018 poll, 29 per cent of British people plan to purchase their Christmas gifts in November.
One of the leading card processing companies in the UK reported that there had been a 12 per cent drop in the amount spent on Black Friday in 2018 compared to 2017. There was, however, a 10 per cent rise in the number of transactions.
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