Black Friday shoppers see online stores crash

Friday, 28 November 2014
As shoppers stay home to forsake the Black Friday queues and instead shop online, many were faced with failing websites.

The online stores of retailers including Argos, Tesco and Curry's saw as much as five times the average number of online traffic, forcing their websites to be delayed or crash, as thousands went online to secure an online bargain.

More than 40,000 people were shopping when discounted televisions, gadgets and clothing became available at midnight, with more expected to inundate websites at lunchtime.

Online transactions were expected to rise by 22 per cent compared to last year, with 8.5million items being bought virtually.

Visa Europe forecasts that £360,000 will be spent every minute today online and in shops, but that December 1 holds even more promise for online retailers.

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