Black Friday sales boost retailers

Strong Black Friday sales helped tills ring in November – a crucial Christmas trading month that Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley had described as “the worst in living memory” for the high street.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported sales volumes growing by 1.4% compared to the previous month and by 3.6% on an annual basis.

Economists had been expecting a month-on-month figure of around 0.3% – given some warnings in the retail sector that Black Friday promotions had largely left consumers – anxious about the outcome of Brexit – feeling cold.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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