Retailers hoping for record Black Friday sales

Retailers are still hoping to clock up record Black Friday sales despite a slow start to the heavily discounted shopping day.

Millions of consumers are set to spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion online shopping day today as retailers hope for a repeat of last year's bargain frenzy.

Retailers made cut-price deals available online from midnight and many spent the night preparing to open their doors early to customers desperate to snap up discounted stock, ranging from televisions to toothbrushes.

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John Lewis website crashes amid Black Friday rush

The John Lewis website is 'not available' Credit: Joel Hills/Twitter

John Lewis's website has crashed as it was overwhelmed with shoppers looking for an online deal on Black Friday.

John Lewis apologised to customers in a statement to ITV News.

There are record levels of demand for our website today and for some people it is taking longer than normal to shop on We apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused.

– John Lewis press office

Black Friday: Currys sell 30 TVs a minute online

Currys PC World has reportedly clocked up online sales of 30 TVs a minute during this year's Black Friday sales event.

The electrical retailer said it had had its "biggest ever start to Black Friday with seven million visitors to the site this week already".

Sales online have been up today Credit: Currys
Currys has reportedly sold 30 TVs a minute online Credit: Currys

Stuart Ramage, E-Commerce Director at Currys PC World, said:"We’ve seen unprecedented demand online with a 53% increase in hourly web traffic and across the country we’ve seen customers queuing from before the stores open – everyone’s in good spirits and things are running smoothly.”

Websites under pressure as Black Friday shopping goes online

Websites are reportedly feeling the pressure as this year's Black Friday shopping event has seen a surge in online shopping rather than instore purchasing.

While shops were quieter than expected websites for stores saw increased numbers of people logging on and slowing down their web page loading times.

Argos appeared to be one of the brands experiencing the biggest delays on its website with pages taking almost four seconds to load during the hour to 1pm and the entire site remaining unavailable at least 20% of the time.

Black Friday 'more sedate' than expected

This year's much anticipated Black Friday shopping event has been "much more sedate" than expected.

Although some shops opened as early as 5am in preparation for an influx of shoppers hoping to bag a bargain many shop floors remained quiet early on and orderly queues were formed outside busier shops.

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi reports:


Quiet start to predicted Black Friday frenzy

Shops across the UK have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.

Stores opened early but the aisles were not as packed as last year Credit: ITV News

Shoppers queue outside Tesco for Black Friday bargains

Shoppers have been queuing outside Tesco stores in the hope of grabbing some Black Friday bargains.

Shoppers queue outside a Tesco store in north London. Credit: Nick Dixon/Twitter

Initial indications were that customers were remaining orderly, with little sign of the chaos seen last year.

In some places there were more security guards than people queuing, with staff telling shoppers there was no need for a "massive rush".

Customers at Tesco get their hands on discount televisions. Credit: Lizzie Robinson/Twitter

A number of major stores opened at midnight, with others keeping bargain hunters waiting until at least 5am.

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