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Top ten facts about Black Friday
  • Black Friday originated in the USA in 1950s/1960s and takes place on the Friday after Thanksgiving. 
  • Black Friday was brought over to the UK by Asda in 2010, part of the Walmart group.
  • However in 2015 the supermarket didn't take part in the event and it hasn't been confirmed if they will be launching any Black Friday sales in 2016. 
  • In 2015 the average spend instore was £41 while the average amount spent my customers online was £92. 
  • On Black Friday in 2015 £1.1 billion was spent and there was £3.3 billion spent over the weekend as a whole, including Cyber Monday.  
  • A staggering 1.4 million people went into debt as a result of their spending on Black Friday in 2015. 
  • When surveyed, 22% of Brits admitted to having bought something on Black Friday through the years. 
  • Is Black Friday on it's way out in the USA? Controversially Walmart opened their doors on Thanksgiving evening in 2011 and have done since then. Other stores have started to follow suit, potentially marking the end of the popular discount day.
  • There is some suggestion the day got its name to represent the first day shops went 'into the black' and made a profit, but there's not hard and fast evidence to support this.

  • This year Black Friday will take place on 25 November. Find out everything you need to know about deals, discounts and which shops are taking part here.