When is Black Friday 2016? Everything you need to know about the biggest shopping day of the year

Shoppers out in force in Norwich city centre on Black Friday. Photo in 2015. Steve Adams

Shoppers out in force in Norwich city centre on Black Friday. Photo in 2015. Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

There's just over a week to go until Black Friday which is now the biggest shopping day of the year in Britain. Here is everything you need to know ahead of the shopping bonanza.

Shoppers out in force in Norwich city centre on Black Friday in 2015. Photo : Steve Adams

Shoppers out in force in Norwich city centre on Black Friday in 2015. Photo : Steve Adams - Credit: Steve Adams

What is Black Friday?

It is the day after Thanksgiving in the USA and for many years now it has been the busiest shopping day of they year in the states.

In recent years the craze has moved across the pond and Black Friday is now the busiest shopping day on the British calendar.

When is Black Friday 2016?


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Black Friday occurs the day after Thanksgiving which falls on Thursday November 24 so Black Friday this year will happen on Friday November 25.

Why is it called Black Friday?

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The name is thought to be a reference to the 'black ink' on the balance sheets from the huge profits the retailers rake in on this day, rather than being in the red on a poor day of sales.

Which deals can I expect this Black Friday?

Dozens of retailers will take part in Black Friday this year, including: Amazon, Argos, Currys, Tesco, John Lewis, Boots, Sainsbury's, Debenhams, eBay, House of Fraser, Topshop, ASOS,M&S and local retailer Hughes Electrical.

Items that are usually heavily discounted include TVs, laptops, desktop computers, mobile phones, clothing and cosmetics.

Which shops aren't taking part in Black Friday?

Asda, the cousin of US shopping giant Walmart, was Black Friday's pioneer in this country. But a series of stampedes for flat-screen TVs caused the retailer to withdraw from the shopping event last year and it is unlikely they will this year.

Ikea and Next are also not slashing prices.

How much money will people spend this year?

Predictions are that British shoppers will spend £2.3 million a minute this Black Friday - a 19pc increase on last year.

Some 14 million British consumers are expected to participate in the global shopping event and will spend a predicted total of £1.96 billion, according to VoucherCodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research.

On Friday November 25 itself, 37pc of shoppers are expected to hunt for bargains online while 63pc will hit the high street and malls for computer games, clothes, gadgets and alcohol.

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