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Shoppers in Manchester ready for Black Friday sales fury

There will be good reason to avoid the city centre tomorrow with Car Hire Manchester Airport staff letting car rental customers know to stay clear of there unless they are planning to spend some time around the city.

Shoppers in Manchester are getting ready for the Black Friday event as many stores across the city will be reducing their prices.

Retailers will be throwing open their doors early to cash in on the American tradition, which has made its way to the UK in recent years. Discount deals will be on offer at the Trafford Centre and Manchester Arndale, with department stores including John Lewis and House of Fraser also taking part.

Trafford Centre manager Richard Paxton said “We are gearing up for a very busy day of trade as thousands of shoppers are expected to hunt out a host of bargains which retailers are offering exclusively for Black Friday. Huge reductions are expected in electrical goods, men’s and ladies’ fashions, beauty and jewellery offering shoppers the opportunity to get their Christmas shopping off to a strong start.”

Bargain-hunters are expected to form long queues both in the shops and on the roads; the name itself was coined to describe the heavy traffic that resulted from the post-Thanksgiving tradition in Philadelphia. A reported £200 million was splashed out on Black Friday last year in the UK and it is expected to be another bumper sales day tomorrow, when it is pay day for many workers.

Manchester Arndale centre director David Allinson said “Black Friday proved exceptionally popular last year, with footfall up and our flash sales ensuring that customers were able to pick up bargains throughout the day. This year our retailers have taken full advantage of the weekend’s increasing popularity and have planned some fantastic offers to ensure another storming success.”

Greater Manchester Police said no major incidents were linked to the sales here last year, but across the country a man was arrested after a scuffle at a supermarket in Bristol and a woman was taken to hospital with a suspected broken arm after a stampede at a branch in Belfast.