As Black Friday draws ever closer and retailers prepare to slash prices it begs the question, what is Black Friday?

Widely considered as the busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers, Black Friday occurs every year on the day after Thanksgiving in the US (the fourth Friday in November). This year (2018) it falls on Friday 23rd November. But how did it come about? What is Black Friday?

When is Black Friday 2018?

Black Friday 2018

Originating from a US tradition the earliest recorded reference to "Black Friday" comes from Philadelphia in 1961. It was used to describe the heavy traffic and busy streets the day after Thanksgiving. Since then a further explanation for the name has surfaced. Struggling throughout the year and making a loss, retailers were described as being "in the red" however on Black Friday losses began to turn into profits, thus going from being "in the red" to "in the black".

Over the years Black Friday has grown exponentially, not just in the US but all across the world. With the increased ease of online shopping and huge multi national companies like Amazon offering huge promotions, Black Friday has now become a household recognised term. In 2016 the UK alone spent an enormous £1.23 BILLION through online shopping in 24 hours!

If you're looking to get the best deals on your Christmas shopping then Black Friday is the day for you! With discounts and promotions galore it's the perfect time to buy that gift you have been saving up for, or to treat yourself before the Christmas rush.

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