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Black Friday

Black Friday

Black Friday madness is almost upon us, but before you bust out your wallet at the big retailers, you might want to rethink a few of those "deals" that actually aren't as great as they might seem.

Black Friday, a period of heavy discounting which originated as a post-Thanksgiving sale in the U.S., has divided retailers in the UK.

Retailers aren't just ushering the official start of the holiday season with the usual expanded hours and fat discounts on big TVs and toys.

Early numbers showed overall retail sales, both in stores and online, were in line with expectations, according to Mastercard Inc's SpendingPulse retail report.

It will re-open again Friday morning at 6:00 a.m. Smartphone sales, in particular, contributed to gains.

The National Retail Federation forecast United States holiday retail sales in November and December will increase between 4.3 and 4.8 percent over 2017 for a total of $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion.

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However, this year has seen a return of some retailers who snubbed the promotion 12 months ago.

The online shopping sensation is sure to be a big hit this year, and gamers or friends and family thereof who want to scoop up a new PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 4 Pro will have plenty of opportunities to find a number of great Cyber Monday 2018 PS4 sale prices and discounts. "But the experience on Friday is just for fun", said Michelle Wise, shopping at Park Meadows Mall in Denver with her daughters, 16-year-old Ashleigh and 14-year-old Avery.

A sign in the window of a Gap Factory Store in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York, promoted "60 per cent Off Everything". At a Cincinnati mall, Bethany Carrington scored a $29 all-in-one trimmer for her husband's nose hair needs and, for $17, "the biggest Mr. Potato Head I've ever seen".

"We're not run-over-people, die-hard shoppers", said Jenkins, a nurse from Lucasville, Ohio.

Department store chain John Lewis said the most searched-for products so far on Friday were Apple Airpods and the Applewatch Series 3.

"It is also quite cold outside in many parts and that is hurting store visits", he said.

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