Taking Stock 

There is a season turn, turn, turn

Taking Stock

There is a season turn, turn, turn

As my colleague Jonas Crosland remarked the other day, “you know Christmas is coming because all the shops are full of Easter eggs”. Quite so. It’s the critical season for retailers, but with our latter-day co-option of the grotesque ‘Black Friday’ phenomenon from the US, it’s now difficult to work out when the festive shopping season begins. Black Friday has been doing the rounds in the US since the 1940s, when Americans started descending on ‘Main Street’ in search of bargains, stuffed to the gills with turkey, the day after Thanksgiving. We were spared this ordeal until relatively recently, with the first themed discounts offered to UK punters at the beginning of this decade by online retail giant Amazon (US:AMZN).

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