Black Friday

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Started your Christmas shopping yet? Then you’d better get ready because from next week, officially, ‘tis the season. In 2018, over half of us bough(...)

People shopping on Black Friday at Macy’s in New York. Photograph: Stephanie Keith

Americans splashed out record sums on Black Friday online deals last week but fewer of them went shopping in person, according to initial figures. Sa(...)

Sales of pianos were the most searched for item on the John Lewis website after their  ad featuring Elton John launched, the group said. Photograph: John Lewis & Partners/PA

Perhaps the £5 million John Lewis is rumoured to have spent on its Elton John Christmas advert will be worth it after all: the retailer boasted on Tue(...)

 Melania Trump tours the holiday decorations with reporters at the White House in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

In numbers: Gun rebound 203,000 Record number of requests to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System on Black Friday, up 9 per c(...)

Black Friday was invented in the 1930s in the US, but has  been adopted in Ireland in the last few years.

Black Friday sales shoppers should ensure they have the full name and address of any business from whom they are purchasing goods, the Consumers Assoc(...)

 The warehouse at the Amazon fulfillment centre in Hemel Hempstead gets ready for Cyber Monday. Online sales on Black Friday were massive this year, only marginally trailing Cyber Monday at $2.7 billion in the US.

A decade ago, when the internet was in a fast-growth phase but online shopping lagged significantly behind in-store shopping, a US businesswoman, Elle(...)

Alan Coleman: The sturdy desktop still “punches above its weight” when it comes to purchases

Mobile traffic on Irish ecommerce sites may have surged 52 per cent last year, but consumers remain relatively hesitant to make transactions on mobile(...)

Retailers are counting the cost of Black Friday as they survey the damage the discounts have done to their profit margins over the Christmas season. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

It started out as a shameless marketing ploy to part shoppers with their cash. Now retailers are counting the cost of Black Friday as they survey the (...)

 Tesco   chief executive hopes every little helps as he takes the reins and shakes up management. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

When Dave Lewis was rushed in to take the reins at troubled supermarket group Tesco, he was candid about his qualifications, declaring: “I have never (...)