Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Bargains and Backlash: Black Friday Around the World

“In recent years, the hugely popular American phenomenon of Black Friday, famed for its one-off knock-down retail prices, has started to spread across the globe—despite the fact that in the most of the world, it’s just another Friday following an ordinary Thursday.

Around Europe, retailers are divided about whether or not to partake in the shopping extravaganza. Some are opting out completely; others are taking it to the extreme, having started their sales as early as Monday.

Now on their fifth Black Friday, Britons have decided they’re big fans. Estimates place the U.K.’s total spending over the weekend at well over $3 billion.”

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