Black Friday boosted retail sales which were up 6.4% in November year on year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

It was the biggest rise since May 2004 when retail sales jumped by 6.9%.

Sales rose by 1.6% month on month, as all main store types experienced some form of growth for the first time in almost a year.

It was the 20<sup>th consecutive month that the retail sector has shown growth, which supports claims that the UK economy is well on its way to a full recovery.

Electrical items like TVs and tablets were most popular, as they shot up by 32% on the back of the industry giving mega-discounts on those sorts of things.

Online sales jumped by a whopping 12.9% in November off the back off Black Friday, which happens on the fourth weekend of the month.

Indeed Barclaycard has since reckoned Black Friday to have been biggest shopping day Britain has ever known, with eager consumers dropping £810m - up 21% on last year.