Friday 'set to be the busiest ever day for shopping in UK'

If you've left your Christmas shopping to the last minute, you're not alone. Many shops are planning to stay open until midnight on Friday to cater for the last-minute rush, which is predicted to be the busiest shopping day of the year.

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Shoppers across the UK are expected to spend up to £6billion as we do a last-minute shop for food, drink and Christmas presents.

For the first time, Westfield shopping complex in West London will open its doors until midnight tonight and tomorrow night, while the new shopping centre in Stratford, East London, will keep the tills ringing until 11pm, according to the Daily Mail.

High street giant Marks & Spencer is opening 242 stores across the UK and Ireland until 10pm every day this week in the run up to Christmas - and Debenhams and House of Fraser have extended their opening hours late into the night, too.

If you haven't bought your turkey yet there's still time, as Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury's and Morrisons are opening hundreds of stores 24 hours a day.

The extended opening hours come at a time when many high street retailers have been forced to cut prices ahead of the normal January sales, offering discounts of up to 65% in some cases.

A spokesman for Visa Europe said: "Friday is set to be the busiest ever day for shopping in the UK. We expect to process over 33million transactions, worth more than £1.5billion."

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