Hundreds of thousands of shoppers went Black Friday crazy last weekend, new figures show.
New data from Leeds’ premier shopping centres showed vastly increased footfall as the American-imported craze really gains a foothold in the UK.
Trinity Leeds experienced a 29 per cent increase in footfall on Black Friday compared to last year, with 101,000 shoppers keen to bag big Christmas bargains in just the one day.
The positive knock-on effect lasted all weekend with an extra 25,000 people splashing their Christmas cash, a 10 per cent increase compared to the same weekend last year.
Trinity Leeds’ sister shopping centre, White Rose also experienced a similar huge leap in visitor figures.
The centre welcomed more than 53,000 shoppers through its doors, a 14 per cent against the same day last year.
Black Friday 2014 offers at White Rose started at midnight when Game held a special opening and took record Black Friday sales figures.
Other retailers opened from 7am and Sainsbury’s had long queues when they opened at 8am.
White Rose Centre Manager, Dean Stratton, said: “It was certainly a fabulous Black Friday for White Rose.
“The retailers did a great job of planning this key trading day and there were lots of incredible offers.
“Bring on Black Friday 2015 which will fall on the 27th November.”