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Black Friday shoppers to splash £5.6billion as bargain hunters head online and leave shops deserted

BRITS are expected to splash £5.6billion over Black Friday weekend as bargain hunters bag deals in the spending bonanza that's kicked off today, according to Finder.com.

But it seems that shoppers are ditching the high street in favour of splashing their cash from home.

 The Trinity shopping centre in Leeds was also empty this morning
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The Trinity shopping centre in Leeds was also empty this morningCredit: London News Pictures

Last year, tech company Loqate reported that UK online purchases before 7am were up 78 per cent compared to 2017, and the trend is expected to be similar this year.

Topcashback has already seen a 32 per cent rise in the amount of money spent through the cashback site, with each shopper splashing out £100, compared to around £70 earlier on in the week.

The top categories people are shopping are electricals, which is up by 67 per cent compared to last year, fashion and entertainment and leisure.

Experts behind the site estimate that shoppers will spend £3billion today alone, making it the most amount of cash spent in the UK in a day.

 The Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds was deserted on the morning of Black Friday
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The Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds was deserted on the morning of Black FridayCredit: London News Pictures
 It was shopping as normal at the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham city centre
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It was shopping as normal at the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham city centreCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 No one was queuing outside House of Fraser on Oxford Street either
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No one was queuing outside House of Fraser on Oxford Street eitherCredit: London News Pictures

Curry's PC World has already reported that two orders are being made on its website every second, while John Lewis & Partners has said that its busiest hour for shopping so far has been between 9am and 10am.

Despite this, not many hit the high street for bargains in the early hours of the morning, although footfall has increased throughout the day.

Only a handful of early birds were snapped leaving Tesco Extra in Wigan this morning, holding onto TVs and X-Box accessories shortly after 5am.


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But inside, the store was almost deserted - a stark contrast to scenes witnessed in 2014 when customers were squabbling and fighting over the deals.

Both the Trinity and Victoria Gate shopping centres in Leeds were deserted as doors opened this morning.

No one was queuing outside popular department stores House of Fraser or Debenhams on London's Oxford Street either.

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There was a small crowd of keen shoppers gathered outside JD Sports in one of London's busiest shopping districts.

Only one shopper we spotted packing two TVs into the boot of his car outside Currys PC World in Solihull.

Accountants PwC said that its unlikely that we'd see Black Friday scenes of mayhem like we did in 2014.

They said: "In-store crowds and queues from the early years have disappeared.

"Black Friday is now an online phenomenon. Websites spreading deals across more days has also reduced the complaints of the past."

 Oxford Street was quiet this morning before shops opened to kick off the Black Friday sales
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Oxford Street was quiet this morning before shops opened to kick off the Black Friday salesCredit: Rex Features
 Many retailers, like Topshop, are running the same or similar deals online
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Many retailers, like Topshop, are running the same or similar deals onlineCredit: London News Pictures
 It was business as usual at Birmingham's Bullring Shopping Centre
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It was business as usual at Birmingham's Bullring Shopping CentreCredit: SWNS:South West News Service
 Only one shopper was spotted loading two flat screen TVs into his car in Solihull
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Only one shopper was spotted loading two flat screen TVs into his car in SolihullCredit: London News Pictures

Black Friday is an informal name given to a day each year when stores offer a range of highly-promoted sales.

Many retailers launched their deals a few days before the spending spree, and most of them will run throughout the weekend until Cyber Monday.

We've rounded up some of the best deals from Amazon, Curry's and eBay among other top brands.

Before splashing your cash, it's worth comparing the deals you find on other sites to make sure the offers are really as good as they seem.

PriceSpy logs the price history of items from over 3,000 different retailers, while Idealo lets you compare prices between retailers.

Top Black Friday deals

You can also check whether you can get your shopping for a better price at another time of year - CamelCamelCamel reveals previous Amazon prices, while PriceHistory tracks product prices at Argos.

New research has found that the best deals are likely to be found just one day before Black Friday.

But if you can't wait until then you should follow our live blog to make sure that you're the first to know about all of the latest deals.

 Footfall has increased in Birmingham as shoppers look for bargains on their lunch break
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Footfall has increased in Birmingham as shoppers look for bargains on their lunch breakCredit: Alamy Live News
 Black Friday shoppers are queuing outside Pandora in Lakeside, Essex
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Black Friday shoppers are queuing outside Pandora in Lakeside, EssexCredit: Paul Edwards - The Sun
 In contrast, just a handful of shoppers were pictured leaving Tesco in Wigan this morning
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In contrast, just a handful of shoppers were pictured leaving Tesco in Wigan this morningCredit: Mercury Press
 Two friends snapped up early bargains on X-Box accessories at Tesco in Wigan
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Two friends snapped up early bargains on X-Box accessories at Tesco in WiganCredit: Mercury Press
 One customer left the supermarket in Wigan with just one TV in her shopping trolley
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One customer left the supermarket in Wigan with just one TV in her shopping trolleyCredit: Mercury Press
 Crowds were gathered outside JD Sports on Oxford Street
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Crowds were gathered outside JD Sports on Oxford StreetCredit: London News Pictures
 Early birds left JD Sports on Oxford Street in London with their shopping
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Early birds left JD Sports on Oxford Street in London with their shoppingCredit: Rex Features
 A queue of people looking to get a bargain from Size shoe shop this morning on Black Friday in Leeds
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A queue of people looking to get a bargain from Size shoe shop this morning on Black Friday in LeedsCredit: London News Pictures
 University student Chu Long spent £1,600 on shoes from Size & The Hip Store this morning in Leeds
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University student Chu Long spent £1,600 on shoes from Size & The Hip Store this morning in LeedsCredit: London News Pictures
Britain’s largest Amazon depot preparing for Black Friday in a warehouse the size of 17 football pitches
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