The fight for Black Friday got under way today as etail giant Amazon launched its deals for the sales extravaganza.
The US behemoth has unveiled a 12-day spectacular in the lead up to the big day, a week on Friday. Last year, Amazon ran a week-long event, selling an incredible 7.4 million items, and will no doubt be hoping to improve on that this year.
While the US-inspired sales frenzy creates a feeling of dread among some retailers, there’s no doubting it has gained a place in consumers’ hearts and will be difficult for the sector to shake despite its margin-eroding offers.
But not everybody is happy about the increasing commercialisation around the Christmas period. More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for shops to shut on Boxing Day to give retail staff a rest.
Quote of the day
“I don’t have time to talk to you. Please leave my property”
Today in numbers
The number of people who have signed a petition calling for shops to close on Boxing Day
The loss recorded by fashion chain Whistles in the year to January 30, 2016
A temperature check in the grocery war as Kantar and Nielsen release their monthly figures, while value operator B&M updates the market with first-half numbers.
James Wilmore, news editor