News / Business by Press Association 18/01/2019, 10:21 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Retail sales dropped in December as shoppers increasingly shifted spending to the Black Friday promotional period. Volumes fell by 0.9% on November as all sectors except food and fuel declined compared to the previous month, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Annual sales growth inched higher to 2.7% compared with 2% in 2017, though this marked a slowdown compared to the post-recession peak of 4.7% seen in 2016. In the three months to December, the quantity bought decreased by 0.2%. Estimates for the amount spent in December were 3.7% higher than the same period in the previous year, while the quantity bought was up 3%. Online retailing accounted for 20% of total retailing, with weekly spending at £1.9 billion during December. Month-on-month growth was seen across all sectors online, except household … [Read more...] about Retail sales drop in December as consumers shift shopping to Black Friday
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If you're kicking yourself for missing the chance to bag Black Friday deals, have no fear: the international shopping spree is nowhere near over yet, friends. In fact, you still have a chance to buy that must-have item at a reduced price. Black Friday weekend is underway and with it comes reductions from Amazon, John Lewis, Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World (among others). Tomorrow even more offers are expected to appear online, before bringing the Black Friday to a close at midnight. But until then there are still a plethora of deals to take advantage of; here is our hand-picked collection of the best to look out for. Best Black Friday weekend deals Apple iPhone XR with 100GB of data Free upfront for £36 per month and 100GB of data on Vodafone from Mobiles.co.uk We didn't expect to see the iPhone XR get such a hefty price cut this Black Friday, as Apple's products are only rarely available at a sharp price cut. The iPhone XR only came out last month … [Read more...] about Black Friday and Cyber Monday UK deals: Best savings and discounts
Much like Boxing Day, Black Friday was born as a day-long shopping successor to a major holiday's retail closures – the US Thanksgiving celebrations, to be exact. Yet in the years since, the growth of online shopping convinced many big brands – Amazon, John Lewis and Carphone Warehouse, to name a few – to prolong the savings for several days afterwards. And so Black Friday weekend arrived - offering deals on a wide range of products. But fear not, if you're kicking yourself for missing out yesterday, as you still have a chance to buy that must-have item at a reduced price, because many deals will extend over the weekend. There are many incredible deals still available in-store and online – here are The Telegraph's top picks. Our favourite Black Friday deals so far Apple iPhone XR with 100GB of data Free upfront for £36 per month and 100GB of data on Vodafone from Mobiles.co.uk We … [Read more...] about Black Friday weekend 2018: Today’s best UK deals
Black Friday is well and truly underway, and now some of the UK's top retailers have revealed the products shoppers are going wild for. Tech and gadgets are all performing strongly, and Amazon has revealed that the All-new Echo Dot (3rd Gen) - Smart speaker with Alexa and the Fire TV Stick 4K Ultra HD with All-New Alexa Voice Remote are among its tops sellers for Black Friday 2018. Velvet sofas are bang on trend so it's no surprise that a luxurious orange three-seater with more than £300 off is one of Habitat's top sellers today. Halfords has also revealed its top ten, including a men’s mountain bike with £170 off, while Escentual.com is selling out of a Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Fico di Amalfi gift set. At Carphone Warehouse, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Apple iPhone XR were the biggest sellers of the annual shopping extravaganza. According to retail sales aggregator LovetheSales.com, a massive … [Read more...] about Retailers reveal the bestselling products of Black Friday 2018
CHINA'S Singles' Day has become the world's biggest shopping extravaganza, attracting millions of bargain-hunters, single or otherwise. Here's the lowdown on the annual event that has eclipsed Black Friday and Cyber Monday. When is Singles' Day? Since it started in 2009, Singles' Day has become almost four-times larger than Cyber Monday, the biggest shopping day in the US calendar. Now promoted by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, the event is held annually on November 11 and has also smashed sales records for Black Friday. More than twice as much goods are sold over the 24-hour period than during the five-day US holiday buying spree that ends on Cyber Monday, November 26. Last year, Singles' Day sales rose by 39 per cent to 168.2 billion yuan (almost £19billion). Why is it called Singles' Day? Singles' Day is said to have been started by bachelor students in the 1990s, the idea being to buy themselves presents to celebrate being single. The date 11/11 - also written 11:11- … [Read more...] about When is Singles’ Day, why is it called Singles’ Day and how does it compare to Black Friday?