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Ant McPartlin returning to work with Dec on Friday

Image copyright Getty Images Ant McPartlin is to return to work with presenting partner Dec on Friday 18 January after taking time off to go to rehab. The pair will be reunited at auditions for Britain’s Got Talent at the London Palladium. Ant pulled out of hosting Saturday Night Takeaway in March after he was arrested for drink driving. Dec then presented I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! with Holly Willoughby instead of Ant. In April Ant was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after…

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‘Black Eye Friday’ or ‘Mad Friday’: Is it time for the nickname to change?

Image copyright miodrag ignjatovic Image caption The Friday before Christmas is one of the busiest nights of the year for the NHS. (Image posed by models) On the last Friday before Christmas, revellers across the UK pile out of their offices ready to celebrate with a few (or a few too many) drinks. The day has become so notorious, some people have given it a nickname: Mad Friday or, in places, Black Eye Friday. It is one of the NHS’s busiest days of the year for treating alcohol-related illness and…

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Carphone Warehouse faces Black Friday backlash

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mobiles.co.uk offered Phone XR contracts at cheaper rates than could be attained directly from Vodafone or other operators Carphone Warehouse-owned website Mobiles.co.uk and other online phone retailers are facing a backlash from customers wrongly refused Black Friday smartphone deals. A problem with Vodafone’s credit check systems meant that some applications submitted via the contract resellers were incorrectly turned down. The BBC understands that about 5% of consumers experienced the issue. Many affected complained on social media and Trustpilot’s review site. Although Vodafone is offering…

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Black Friday deals lure U.S. shoppers, biggest sales gains online

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Shoppers across the United States snapped up deep discounts on toys, clothing and electronics both online and at stores on Black Friday, giving retailers a strong start to their make-or-break holiday season. A healthy economy and rising wages gave people the confidence to splash out on retailers’ annual raft of bargains. “The prices today are very good,” said Jose Manuel Cruz Hernandez, 59, who hit the Del Amo Fashion Center in Torrance, California, with his sister Paulina Cruz, 66, who comes every year from Mexico City…

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Deals lure U.S. Black Friday shoppers, biggest sales gains online

NEW YORK/PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – U.S. shoppers formed long lines at store checkout counters on Black Friday to snap up deep discounts on clothing and electronics, offering evidence that a healthy economy and rising wages are translating into stronger consumer spending at the start of retailers’ make-or-break holiday season. “I am spending more, the mood generally is more upbeat,” said Sharon Neidert, 57, visiting New York City from Ohio. “My daughter moved out this year so I have more disposable income,” said Neidert, a manager at a software company. While online…

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Black Friday shoppers ‘spending less’

Image copyright Getty Images UK shoppers on Black Friday have been buying more items but spending less, credit card data suggests. Barclaycard, which processes half of all UK card payments, said that by 15:00 GMT it had seen 10% more transactions from a year earlier. However, the value of spending was down 12% on last year. Separate data suggested a continuing trend for Black Friday bargain hunting to be done online rather than on the High Street. ‘Treat’ products Barclaycard said it had processed 1,087 transactions per second between 13:00…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday online shopping tips

Image copyright Getty Images Fingers are poised and trolleys are primed for the annual pre-Christmas sale extravaganza that is Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Price comparison site Finder.com predicts that British shoppers will spend £7bn in the sales frenzy this year – an average of £220 each. But bargain hunters need to keep their wits about them – here are some top tips. Be realistic Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The iPhone XS – probably not in the sale You’re unlikely to get 50% off the latest iPhone. Newer…

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Warning on ‘misleading’ Black Friday deals

Image copyright PA The advertising regulator has warned consumers that some Black Friday deals may be misleading. Guy Parker, chief executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, said that the rapid pace of change online is “fuelling people’s concerns about whether everything they see and read is true”. “It becomes more difficult to establish whether the price you’re being offered a product at is indeed a good price,” he added. Dr Gareth Harvey, a consumer psychologist who studies how retailers try to influence customers, says Black Friday deals are all about…

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GCHQ warns on Black Friday cyber-threat

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Black Friday could provide “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, warns the security agency Black Friday sales could be targeted as “prime pickings” for cyber-crime, the UK’s cyber-security defence agency has warned shoppers. The National Cyber Security Centre, part of the GCHQ intelligence service, is issuing advice to shoppers of the risk of “malicious” online threats. It is the first such official cyber-warning in the run-up to the Christmas shopping season. “It’s vital that knowledge is shared,” says Ian Levy of the cyber-agency. The cyber-wing of…

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Black Friday: How sales have changed how we spend

Image copyright Getty Images UK consumers are expected to spend over £2,000 each in the run-up to Christmas, according to research by Adobe. Many will be hoping to make the most of any deals on offer. Black Friday originated in the US, as a way of kicking off Christmas spending after Thanksgiving with the lure of great bargains. Most British retailers are now in on the action. Emails offering discounts have been hitting inboxes for days. But a few, including some of the biggest chains in the UK, are opting…

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