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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

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