Everything you need to know, including how the sale works, what date Black Friday falls on this year, and how it all started.
Black Friday will fall on Friday 25 November 2022.
However, the way retailers approach the annual sales event is growing increasingly mixed. Some, such as and , now offer deals from much earlier in the month - hence some people now talking about 'Black November'. But other stores, such as M&S and Next, have said they won't be participating in the event at all this year due to consumer concerns around whether Black Friday truly offers value for money.
Black Friday originated in the USA. As Thanksgiving always falls on the fourth Thursday in November, the following Friday is often observed as an unofficial holiday.
Because many people are off work, shops drop prices – historically for one day only – to start the Christmas season.
UK shops have since caught on to this trend and it was brought across the pond over a decade ago. Between 2010 and 2013, Black Friday gradually built up momentum in the UK. In 2014, Black Friday became the peak pre-Christmas online sales day and many online retailers haven't looked back since.
Cyber Monday is always the Monday directly following Black Friday. Cyber Monday 2022 will fall on 28 November.
The tradition first started in 2005, when the National Retail Federation, an American trade association, noticed a spike in online sales the Monday after Thanksgiving.
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