Black Friday bargains give retailers a lift

Black Friday saw chaotic scenes in stores around the UK as people grabbed bargains. Picture: David Parry/PA
Black Friday saw chaotic scenes in stores around the UK as people grabbed bargains. Picture: David Parry/PA
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The American import of Black Friday, which saw shoppers ­scuffle over cut-price televisions and other items last month, has delivered a pre-Christmas present for the high street.

Figures released today by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) show that like-for-like sales grew by 0.9 per cent in November, as the clamour for electrical goods helped to offset a continued decline in food sales.

BRC director-general Helen Dickinson, said: “The huge demand for bargain TVs and other household appliances on Black Friday … meant that electricals were the stand out category in terms of sales growth.

“Customers also bought full-priced items and showed interest in premium ranges.”

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