Doubts cast over Black Friday in UK

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Doubt has been cast over the future of Black Friday in the UK as retailers questioned its benefit and MPs attacked the drain it placed on police.

Black Friday led to the lowest-ever growth in December online sales despite shoppers cracking the £100 billion barrier across the year for the first time, according to figures from the IMRG Capgemini e-Retail Sales Index.

But e-retail during December was up just five per cent after Black Friday led to huge sales in late November.