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Black Friday in numbers: your guide to the busiest retail sales day of the year

People queuing overnight, shoppers being trampled underfoot and reports of fights breaking out between bargain hunters.

These were just some of the aspects of Black Friday the UK media focused on.

It was also a bumper day for retailers, many of whom reported record revenues and online traffic.

Here’s your guide to Black Friday in numbers:

• The day is estimated to be worth £500 million in UK online sales alone.

• It was Amazon UK’s busiest ever day, with 64 items sold every second.

• Traffic to johnlewis.com was up 307 per cent compared with Black Friday 2013.

• Asda sold more than 8,000 televisions in its first hour of trading. Its shops opened at 8am.

• Currys online customers waited up to an hour in a virtual queue to make a purchase.

• Internet retailer Very.co.uk said it handled 30,000 orders per hour.

• Police were called to 16 Tesco stores around the UK because of unruly crowds.

• Data from Postcode Anywhere revealed the number of online visits was up nearly 40 per cent between midnight and 1am, compared with the previous day. The highest number of nighttime orders came from Birmingham, Belfast and Glasgow.

• Since 2005, Black Friday has been the top sales day of the year, according to ShopperTrak, which tracks data at 70,000 stores globally.

• In America, the FBI’s national instant criminal background check system ran over 175,000 background checks on people making gun purchases. The agency typically handles about one third of this figure on a normal day, according to CNN.

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