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Here’s the biggest news you missed this weekend

‘Welcome back to planet Earth’

After a roughly two-month stay on the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley returned home Sunday in a history-making SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule. The spacecraft made a safe splashdown off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, the first NASA splashdown in 45 years. The mission was a demonstration flight of SpaceX’s crewed Dragon spacecraft, and the return leg of the trip marked the final stage in the more than 60-day flight to the International Space Station. The mission marked the first time in nearly a decade that NASA astronauts launched from U.S. soil to the ISS. “On behalf of the SpaceX and NASA teams, welcome back to planet Earth,” a mission manager at SpaceX’s headquarters in California said. 

In this screen grab from NASA TV, SpaceX 's Crew Dragon capsule spacecraft just before it splashes down in to the water after completing NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, August 2, 2020 off the coast of Pensacola, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.
In this screen grab from NASA TV, SpaceX ‘s Crew Dragon capsule spacecraft just before it splashes down in to the water after completing NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station with NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley onboard, August 2, 2020 off the coast of Pensacola, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Isaias skirts Florida, aims for Carolinas

Bands of rain from Isaias soaked portions of Florida’s east coast and wind gusts of more than 70 mph were reported Sunday as the powerful tropical storm swirled just offshore, strengthening a bit in mid-afternoon but presenting less of a threat than initially feared. Isaias is no longer forecast to regain hurricane strength, the National Hurricane Center said, meaning Florida will avoid the troubling scenario of grappling with the damage from a hurricane while in the midst of being pounded by the coronavirus pandemic. Still, Isaias is forecast to move north toward the Carolinas and potentially make landfall there Monday night, causing high winds and potentially dangerous storm surge, the National Weather Service said. 

Waves driven by Tropical Storm Isaias crash over the jetty on the north side of the Palm Beach Inlet in Palm Beach Shores Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.
Waves driven by Tropical Storm Isaias crash over the jetty on the north side of the Palm Beach Inlet in Palm Beach Shores Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.

GOP, Dems deadlocked in COVID-19 relief negotiations

The White House and Congressional Democrats blamed each other Sunday for the current deadlock in the deliberations over a new stimulus deal to combat the impacts of the coronavirus. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained steadfast in her desire to pass a larger bill and not take a piecemeal approach suggested by Republicans and the White House, such as a short-term extension of the unemployment benefit. The group has spent days trying to reconcile priorities for what would be a fifth round of stimulus funding. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are set to continue talks with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Monday.

Apple Fire rages in Southern California

More than a thousand Southern California firefighters and multiple aircraft were working Sunday to battle the Apple Fire near Beaumont, which has spread to more than 20,000 acres, or 32 square miles, and sent smoke drifting to Arizona. It continues to threaten thousands of homes in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The massive blaze, which began Friday evening as two smaller fires that eventually merged, continued to grow over the weekend — fed by low humidity, a slight breeze, thick vegetation and triple-digit temperatures. 

About 7,800 people from 2,600 residences have been ordered to evacuate, officials said late Saturday. No injuries have been reported. Fire officials say a cause remains under investigation.

Horses graze as flames from the Apple Fire skirt a ridge in a residential area of Banning, California, on Aug. 1, 2020.
Horses graze as flames from the Apple Fire skirt a ridge in a residential area of Banning, California, on Aug. 1, 2020.

Real quick

  • The FDA’s “do-not-use list of dangerous hand sanitizer products” now includes 101 varieties that should be avoided as they may contain methanol, a potentially fatal ingredient. 

  • The vote to renominate President Trump is set to be conducted in private later this month, marking the first party nominating convention in modern history to be closed to reporters.

  • The retirement of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key figure in the impeachment of President Trump, became official on Saturday. He cited “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” from the White House for his decision to retire, according to a statement from his lawyer.

  • Wilford Brimley has died. The folksy character actor was famous for his roles in films including “Cocoon,””The Natural” and “The Firm.” He was 85.

  • JBS Food Canada recalls more than 38,000 pounds of ground beef because it was “not presented for import re-inspection into the United States.”

  • The USDA issued a health alert for frozen taquitos and chimichangas that may contain plastic, posing a choking hazard.

  • While President Trump says TikTok will be banned in the U.S. over how the Chinese-owned company uses Americans’ data, the video app says it’s “here for the long run.”

7 Marines, Navy sailor presumed dead as rescue effort halted

A massive search and rescue operation for seven Marines and a Navy sailor who went missing after a training accident off the California coast has been halted and all are presumed dead, authorities said Sunday. Fifteen Marines and the sailor were participating in a routine training exercise off the coast of San Clemente Island on Thursday when their amphibious assault vehicle began taking on water and sank. Eight Marines were pulled from the water – one died and two others remained hospitalized in critical condition Sunday, the Marines said in a statement. Efforts will now turn to finding and recovering the bodies, including equipment designed to survey the sea floor, which is too deep for divers to reach.

More weekly coronavirus records set as pandemic rages on

Three states set weekly records for new COVID-19 cases while eight states had a record number of deaths in a week, a USA TODAY analysis of Johns Hopkins data through late Saturday shows. New case records were set in Alaska, Hawaii and Tennessee, and also Puerto Rico. Record numbers of deaths were reported in Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina and Texas.

Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis has been lobbying for in-class options as schools begin to open next week, spiked to a new record with 1,245 deaths last week.

Portland police declare unlawful assembly during weekend protest

For the first time since the presence of federal agents in Portland, law enforcement and protesters noticeably clashed Saturday night. The Portland Police Bureau declared an unlawful assembly and told people to disperse or they may be subject to use of force or be arrested just before 10 p.m. PT. Police stated that protesters threw glass bottles and directed lasers at officers. Police were seen charging, multiple times, at protesters in the area. Activists and Oregon officials urged people at Saturday night’s protest in Portland to re-center the focus on Black Lives Matter, three days after the Trump administration agreed to reduce the presence of federal agents.

More hiccups for the MLB in returning to play

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, believing the recent outbreak of positive COVID-19 tests was caused by players failing to adhere to health and safety protocols, warned players union chief Tony Clark on Friday that the season could be shut down unless players start showing more discipline. That news came before a weekend of more cancellations and opt-outs. New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes did not report to the ballpark for a game Sunday, leading to hours of speculation about his whereabouts, but it was announced later in the day that he had opted out of the season. Meanwhile, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, a 27-year-old, is out for the year with a heart condition that he developed while recovering from COVID-19.

NHL player vows to fight racism, kneels during anthem

The NBA and NHL, both operating in a bubble-like format, had a busy weekend schedule packed with games. Racial injustice continued to be a big theme in the restart of both leagues. Minnesota Wild player Matt Dumba knelt for the national anthem after giving a moving speech on racism. At the NBA bubble in Orlando, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who chose to stand for the national anthem, gave a 374-word history lesson and commentary about race and treatment of Black people in America.

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Here are the government’s biggest failures in the coronavirus response

WASHINGTON — We’ve seen the U.S. government fail several times over the last 20 years – the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, the debt-ceiling debacle, the government shutdowns.

But history will likely be most unkind of all to the federal government’s initial response to the novel coronavirus over the last two months.

Let’s count the ways the whole federal government has failed to date, starting at the very top.

1. President Trump at first downplayed the coronavirus, and then he later sent mixed messages about it.

2. Trump and his administration saw the virus – and initially reacted to it – primarily as an immigration/travel/border issuerather than a health one.

3. Trump consistently attacked critical Democrats (like Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and most recently Sen. Chuck Schumer), while he singled out Republicans for praise.

4. The administration didn’t heed classified warnings from the intelligence community — back in January and February — about the dangers the coronavirus posed for the global community.

5. The administration, in 2018, disbanded its National Security Council pandemic team.

6. The administration eliminated a CDC job dedicated to detecting outbreaks in China.

7. The Department of Homeland Security, which plays a vital role in responding to disasters, remains staffed with an acting secretary, an acting chief of staff, an acting general counsel and a vacancy at deputy secretary.

8. The Centers for Disease Control’s initial coronavirus test failed, resulting in a lost month to combat the virus.

9. The Food and Drug Administration’s requirements stymied university labs from conducting tests

10. The government’s emergency stockpile of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies is nearly depleted.

And in just the past day, we learned…

11. Rear Adm. John Polowczyk, who is helping to lead the effort to replenish supplies of personal protective equipment, admitted that the administration is delivering products it acquires to medical supply companies – rather than delivering them directly to the hospitals in need, per NBC’s Geoff Bennett. (Bottom line: The federal government is not taking over the supply chain.)

12. The U.S. Navy relieved the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

13. The Federal Emergency Management Agency officials told Congress that the projected demand for ventilators required for coronavirus-stricken patients “outstrips the capacity” of the Strategic National Stockpile.

14. And as NBC News has reported, it wasn’t until Thursday night that banks received their 31 pages of guidance from the Treasury Department on how to lend the money in the $350 billion small-business relief program — and some banks haven’t even decided whether they can participate on the opening day.

Many of these failures — see the Top 4 on this list — can be traced directly to the president, but the rest have so many other fingerprints on them.

How many of those failures were due to poor leadership at the very top? How many were systemic? A combination of the two?

Americans 40 years and older have seen this country’s government do big things — go to the moon, expand civil rights, end the Cold War, help build the internet, combat AIDS.

But if you’re in your 20s or 30s, you’ve mostly seen the government fail again and again.

And the government’s response to the coronavirus – just two months into the crisis — is the biggest failure of all.

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Data Download: The numbers you need to know today

245,135: The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, per the most recent data from NBC News and health officials. (That’s 28,907 more than yesterday morning.)

5,916: The number of deaths in the United States from the virus so far. (That’s 1,082 more than yesterday morning).

1.29 million: The number of coronavirus TESTS that have been administered in the United States so far, according to researchers at The COVID Tracking Project.

701,000: That’s the number of jobs the U.S. economy lost in March, according to the Labor Department’s latest report.

3.5 million: The number of Americans who have likely lost employer-based health insurance, according to a study from the Economic Policy Institute.

75: The number of inmates at facilities run by the Bureau of Prisons who have tested positive for the virus

31: The number of pages of guidance that lenders received last night from the Treasury Department on how to administer small business aid, leading some to say they aren’t ready to start accepting applications

Nearly half: The number of states that currently lack funds to pay out unemployment claims.

About 13 percent: A guess at the current unemployment rate, according to one new estimate.

Another week and a half: How long it will take the first Americans to start receiving stimulus checks, which are now expected to start rolling out the week of April 13.

Democrats postpone their convention to August. What else will they change?

“The Democratic National Committee is postponing its summer convention in Milwaukee over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic,” per NBC News.

More: “The four-day convention, set to take place in Milwaukee beginning July 13, will now take place the week of August 17.”

Our question: What ELSE might Democratic convention planners change? Will there be an arena of packed delegates? Or will it be held virtually?

2020 Vision: Judge keeps Wisconsin’s election on track for April 7 — but with some changes

“A federal judge Thursday kept next week’s presidential primary on track but allowed more time to count absentee ballots after excoriating Wisconsin officials for not doing more to protect voters during the coronavirus pandemic,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes.

“The ruling — which was immediately appealed — will allow absentee ballots to be counted if they arrive by April 13, six days after election day. U.S. District Judge William Conley also gave people until Friday to request absentee ballots and loosened a rule requiring absentee voters to get the signature of a witness.”

Ad watch from NBC’s Ben Kamisar

Montana Republican Sen. Steve Daines is up with a new ad playing up his role in the congressional coronavirus response, employing a strategy to similar other incumbents who are leaning on their official work to prove to their constituents that they deserve to stay in office.

But Daines has to contend with a dynamic that many incumbents facing reelection do not — his opponent, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock, is at the helm of the state’s closely-watched response.

And while Bullock certainly faces political pressure to deliver (to say nothing about the more important issue of doing right by his state during a pivotal time), governors often see their favorability rating skyrocket during crises, as long as their constituents believe they’re responding well.

So with Daines’ campaign having already booked more than $100,000 in broadcast time through the end of the month, according to Advertising Analytics, Montanans may be seeing a lot more of that message —centered on Daines’ push for things like paid leave, financial relief and expanding testing — as the nation continues to confront the virus, and as Democrats have hit him on health care in their own ads.

Oversight this

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced on Thursday the creation of a House Select Committee on the coronavirus crisis chaired by Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn. According to Pelosi, the panel will provide oversight on the coronavirus relief legislation and it will have subpoena.

“It would have subpoena power that’s for sure, it is no use having a committee unless you have subpoena power. We would hope that there would be cooperation because this is not an investigation of the administration – it is about the whole – there are things that are so new and the rest and we want to make sure there are not exploiters out there,” Pelosi said on Thursday.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded to the committee creation saying that he thinks it isn’t the time to create new committees.

“I have a couple of concerns about this. One who she is naming: Clyburn is concerning to me because Congressman Clyburn is the one who thought this crisis was an opportune time to restructure government. That’s not what we should be doing. We should be taking care of the American public keeping our economy strong and moving forward. The other concern that I have the standpoint is inside the bills that we passed we did put in oversight and this seems really redundant,” McCarthy said.

The Lid: What’s up, Wisconsin?

Don’t miss the pod from yesterday, when we explained the big controversy over Wisconsin’s not-budging primary date.

ICYMI: What ELSE is happening in the world

Politico reports on how Bernie Sanders’ fortunes have been reversed in Wisconsin.

Jonathan Allen looks at how Joe Biden is avoiding a bombastic approach in attacking Trump during the crisis.

A Senate committee’s probe into Hunter Biden is still moving forward.

Problems with Florida’s unemployment system are making Republicans jittery about Trump’s ability to hold the state in November.

The New York Times talks to congressional candidates who don’t have health insurance.

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Brexit news: Labour Leavers pay biggest price of Corbyn’s failure on Brexit day | UK | News

With or without a bong, Britain finally leaves the Brussels bloc today and sails the seas of a new adventure outside the European Union as a truly free and independent nation. The Brexit battle fought by the Tories in the last four years against the ever-demanding team in Brussels and Remainer MPs unwilling to accept their defeat in the UK Parliament, has finally paid off for the nation. The biggest price of Britons’ decision to leave the EU will be paid by those who voted for their own fate in the 2016 referendum, a bitter Remainer would say. And Brexiteers will endlessly work to debunk the argument going forward, proving Brexit Britain has been well worth the struggling fight. One thing is already certain, though. The Labour Party’s inability to engage with its own voters and the rest of the country on the most important issue in a generation has cost them the biggest electoral defeat of a lifetime.

Labour was catastrophically defeated in the December 2019 election against Boris Johnson.

Yet, the outgoing leadership is still failing to admit it was its Brexit policy to campaign for a second referendum that cost them the result.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, now in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn in April, is adamant the reason Labour lost the December election is in the delivery of all the “radical” policies the party had drafted for the country.

But pro-Brexit Labour MPs who lost their seats in December pinpoint the devastating loss on Sir Keir Starmer’s masterminded proposal of a second EU vote.

And even the most prominent figures of the Labour Party who have been battling to take the UK out of the EU since 1975 now admit Labour has put himself on the wrong side of the Brexit argument for decades.

Former Chair of Labour Leave John Mills admitted the Labour Party has never been “in the best position in either camp” when both fighting for Britain to leave the EU in 1975 and siding with its Remain supporters in 2019.

READ MORE: Brexit shock: Keir Starmer vows to bring back freedom of movement

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Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn failed to stand his ground on Brexit and lost (Image: GETTY)

Both times, Labour lost and the Tories won.

During the 2016 referendum campaign, Labour Leavers would promptly bring former Labour Chairman Tony Benn’s anti-EU speeches to light to prove their true, core belief lied in a Britain freed by Brussels shackles.

And standing side-by-side the same “father of Brexit”, as some of them branded Mr Benn, was no one else but Jeremy Corbyn himself.

The Islington MP, who ran as a candidate for deputy leader to Tony Benn in 1981 before even becoming a Member of Parliament, stood on platforms across the country to fight the Brexit battle before any eurosceptics in the Conservative Party even had a say in the matter.

But given the opportunity to become Labour leader in 2015, the same man failed to stand his own ground and pretended to support the complete opposite of what he had preached for decades just to please an ever-excited new band of members who so badly wanted to remain EU citizens.

“One of the things about 1975 was that about 80 percent of the Tory Party voters voted to Remain, whereas most of the Leave support camp came from the left,” John Mills told

“Now that’s the other way around. Certainly, in Parliament and among the Labour Party membership, there’s much more of a Remain campaign now than there is a Leave campaign.

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Labour Party politician and Chairman of the Labour Party, Tony Benn (1925-2014) (Image: GETTY)

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Anthony Wedgwood Benn (1925 – 2014, right) and Jeremy Corbyn (centre) at the Labour Party Conference in Blackpool, UK, 1992 (Image: GETTY)

“It’s the other way for the Conservatives, so there has been a big swing around.”

He added: “I don’t think that the issue of the EU was the only reason behind the election result in 2019.

“But I think it was a very important factor and I do think that so many people voted Conservatives did so because they disagreed with Labour’s stance on the EU and for the fact that the party was becoming too much metropolitan, too London-orientated, too Remain, too much the party of the middle class and the public sector and so on.

“When you run an election on that basis you need to have your large number of industrial and traditional Labour voters campaign behind you as well.

“And that’s what didn’t happen.”

The businessman and economist admitted his own core group of Labour Leavers could not win against the Conservatives’ clear message of “taking back control” and “get Brexit done” with their ideological fight against capitalism and ever-growing support for Remain in their core metropolitan elites.

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He said: “People always had different reasons for wanting to leave the European Union.

“Why did people vote to leave the EU and particularly working-class people, I don’t think it’s entirely because of problems of capitalism.

“I think it was much more because they wanted to have control of their own lives, they thought the EU was too much of an elitist organisation.”

He added: “We’ve had a situation where MPs have very strongly been Remain, most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members have been really strongly Remain as well – probably 80 percent of the members.

“But when it came to Labour voters the situation was very, very different.

“Of all the people that voted Labour for the last few decades, about half of them probably were on the Leave camp.

“I think what we’ve done is to keep alive a handful of Labour Leave people which was quite important for the referendum result.”

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Brexit news: Labour Leave member Lord Glasman (Image: EXPRESS)

One of those Labour Leave people is Labour peer Lord Glasman. A staunch supporter of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, the Labour eurosceptic told in April 2019 that his party needed to present Britons with the “socialist opportunities of Brexit” to contrast the Conservatives’ “globalised capitalism” possibilities of trading with other nations outside of the EU.

He said: “A third or maybe half of the Labour manifesto could not be implemented if we stay in the EU.

“Workers could not be given first choice about buying a company because they would violate EU competition laws.

“We couldn’t have nationalisation, we couldn’t have an industrial strategy, we couldn’t have a pro-worker movement.

“And it’s also the case that every country where the socialist Labour parties have supported the EU, their support died and they no longer exist.

“So Labour has to work this out. What I’m saying is that Corbyn represents, and many of us in Labour represent, the democratic and socialist possibilities of Brexit.

“And you can’t have that without democratic sovereignty.”

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Brexit news: Jeremy Corbyn lost 60 seats for the Labour Party at the December 2019 election (Image: GETTY)

Adding: “The politics that is to come will be a Conservative vision of globalised capitalism, and a Labour vision of a democratic nation that could make its own decisions.

“And that should be a split between Labour and Conservative, but as it stands, this whole debate about the EU is getting in the way of what has to come.”

And what did come only a few months later was exactly that. A Labour manifesto full of “radical” socialist proposals that just did not convince the nation.

The Labour Party manifesto included plans for the re-nationalisation of rail, water and energy as well as a tax increase for the highest earners in the country.

Ahead of the election, Jeremy Corbyn also pledged to compensate WASPI women who lost money due to delayed retirement with a £58bn war chest.

The policies Mr Corbyn put forward however failed to convince voters and caused the party to lose 60 seats, including in northern heartlands where Brexit dissatisfaction pushed some Britons to back pro-Leave Tories.

Now all the Leavers in the red party are left with, is the bitter victory of leaving the dreadful EU bloc at the expensive cost of the possible final days of their own party.

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Saudi Aramco becomes world’s biggest listed company as shares surge 10% – business live | Business

A screen advertising Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Aramco with Arabic reads, “promising future” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week

A screen advertising Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Aramco with Arabic reads, “promising future” in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this week Photograph: Amr Nabil/AP

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

It’s a massive day on the Saudi stock market as oil giant Aramco finally makes its debut — becoming the biggest listed company in the world.

Saudi Aramco is floating today, after raising $25.6bn through its sometime troubled IPO. That valued the company at $1.7trillion – even more than Apple ($1.2 trillion).

The opening auction on the Tadawul is underway as I type, so we’ll soon know if the float is a success.

If Aramco’s shares rally today, then the $2trillion valuation craved by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman could be in sight again.

But it’s an usual float – just 1.5% of Aramco’s stock is actually floating. The rest is owned by the Saudi state.

That scarcity could help push the stock higher, after international investors proved reluctant to back the IPO.

Human rights concerns, the climate crisis, and corporate government concerns all forced the Saudis to rein in their ambitious plans for the float, and restrict it to Middle East investors.

As my colleague Jillian Ambrose explains:

It was originally expected to sell about 5% through a dual-listing on the Saudi market and on a major international stock exchange.

The IPO lost the support of international investors, which are sceptical of the company’s valuation. Investors are also wary of Aramco’s close ties to the Saudi regime, which is embroiled in geopolitical conflict and whose behaviour has raised human rights concerns.
Among local investors demand for Aramco shares was almost three times oversubscribed after the Saudi government encouraged Middle Eastern investors and wealthy Saudi families to support the IPO.

Aramco’s shares were sold at 32 riyals each. The stock should start trading soon, so we’ll see if it spikes or slides…..

Also coming up today

The City is becoming more anxious about tomorrow’s general election.

A closely-watched poll from YouGov showed Boris Johnson’s likely majority has narrowed – from 68 seats to just 28. A hung parliament is still a real possibility, which knocked sterling a little last night.

The pound is trading around $1.3135 this morning, having hit $1.32 last night (before YouGov hit the wires).

Plus, America’s central bank is holding its last (scheduled) meeting of 2019, but we’re not expecting fireworks.

The agenda

  • 12.30pm GMT: US inflation: Expected to rise to 2.0% per year, from 1.8%
  • 3.30pm GMT: US weekly oil inventories
  • 7pm GMT: US Federal Reserve decision: expected to leave interest rates unchanged

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Best offers from the biggest shopping event of the year

Cyber Monday 2019 is here, which means it’s your last chance to get the very best deals this weekend.

We’ve rounded up the very best Cyber Monday deals from the most reliable retailers, including John Lewis & Partners, Currys, Argos, Amazon and Apple, and featured everything from TVs and laptops to beauty, mattresses and vacuum cleaners.

We’ve also got all the insider tips on how to make the most of this year’s Cyber Monday deals, how not to get sucked into a seemingly good deal, and which retailers and stores are taking part in the event, so you don’t have to do a thing.

We’ll be constantly updating our selection of the best deals throughout the Cyber Monday event, so be sure to check back in for the latest offers.

Our IndyBest team has hand-picked every deal featured here. We may earn some commission from the links in this article, but our selections have been made independently and without bias. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

IndyBest top picks

Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric – was £49.99, now £22, Amazon

2019 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case – was £159, now £139, Argos

SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away True Pet Anti Hair Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Rose Gold – was £369, now £199, Currys PC World

Olympus PEN E-PL9 16 MP Compact System Camera with Electric Zoom, 4K Movies, 3-Inch Display, Wi-Fi and 14 – 42 mm Pancake Lens – Black – was £579.99, now £379, Amazon

Beats Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones – was £299.95, now £179, Amazon

Fisher-Price Bounce & Spin Unicorn – was £69.99, now £45.99, Very

Shark Lift-Away Upright Vacuum Cleaner – was £249.99, now £125.99, Amazon

Microsoft Xbox One X Console, 1TB, with Wireless Controller and Forza Horizon 4 LEGO Speed Champions Bundle – was £439.99, now £299, John Lewis & Partners

LG 55UM7660PLA 55” 4K Active HDR TV – was £799, now £449, Very

LEGO 10899 Duplo Disney Frozen Ice Castle Princess Elsa and Anna Mini Dolls – was £44.99, now £27.99

Urban Decay – ‘Naked Honey’ Eye Shadow Palette 11.4g – was £42, now £25.20, Debenhams

Oral-B Genius 9000 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush – was £299.99, now £78.99, Amazon

ghd Original Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners – was £109.99, now £81, Amazon

Apple Watch Series 3 – Space Grey & Black Sports Band – was £279, now £199, Currys PC World

Sony RX100 IV Advanced Compact Premium Camera with 1.0-Type Sensor, 24-70 mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss Lens, 4K Movie – was £1,000, now £532.88, Amazon

Oral-B Smart 6 6000N CrossAction Electric Toothbrush – was £219.99, now £74.90, Amazon

Sennheiser HD 599 Special Edition – was £179.99, now £89.99

Dyson V7 Motorhead Extra vacuum – was £299.99, now £199, Very

FOREO LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing Brush – was £169, now £126.75, Look Fantastic

Apple iPhone XS (256GB) – Silver – was £999, now £699, Amazon

Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Camera Kit with 10x Macaron Film, Glitter Case & Flip Album – was £99.99, now £79.99, Very

Philips 70PUS6504/12 70-Inch 4K TV – was £1,062.46, now £699, Amazon

Sylvanian Families Red Roof Country Home Gift Set – was £119.99, now £49.99, Very

Kindle Paperwhite Waterproof, 6“ High-Resolution Display, 8GB – was £119.99, now £89.99, Amazon

Charlotte Tilbury has up to 50 per cent off on some of its products, until 2 December

Fitbit Inspire Health & Fitness Tracker – was £69.99, now £49, Amazon

Google Home Mini – Chalk – was £49, now £19, Currys PC World

LG OLED55B9PLA 55 inch 4K OLED Smart TV with α7 Gen 2 Processor and Cinema HDR – was £1,999, now £1,099, Very

Apple MacBook Pro (2017) 13 inch Intel Core i5 Processor, 8Gb RAM, 128Gb SSD – Space Grey – was from £1,249, now from £889, Very

DELONGHI ECAM23.460 Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ​– was £699, now £349, Currys PC World

Boots has 50 per cent off its Lift & Luminate skincare collection

Nescaf Dolce Gusto – White ‘Infinissima’ coffee machine KP170140 – was £100, now £40, Debenhams​

Apple iPhone Xs, 64Gb – was £999, now £699, Very

Beats by Dr Dre​ Studio 3 Wireless Headphones – Grey – was £299, now £179, Very

No7 Treasured Treats – £35, worth £104.18, Boots

KitchenAid Artisan 5KSM125BLT Stand Mixer – was £499, now £279, Currys

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5014 Generation IPL, Permanent Visible Laser Hair Removal for Women​ – was £564.99, now £298, Amazon

Real Techniques Glitz & Glam Gift Set – was £60, now £30, Boots

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush, 2019 Edition – was £299, now £89, Amazon

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PS4 – was £24.99, now £11.99, Amazon

Krups Nespresso VertuoPlus Pod Coffee Machine – Black – was £179.99, now £79.99, Argos

Boss Bottled by Hugo Boss Eau De Toilette Spray, 100ml – was £62, now £36.90, Amazon

Shark Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner – was £449.99, now £279, Amazon

Smart speaker deals

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric​ – was £49.99, now £22, Amazon

All-new Amazon Echo (3rd generation) | Smart speaker with Alexa, Charcoal Fabric –  was £89.99, now £59.99, Amazon

Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa, Black – £79.99, now £49.99, Amazon

Echo Show 8 | 8“ HD smart display with Alexa, Charcoal fabric – was £119.99, now £59.99, Amazon

All-new Amazon Echo (3rd generation) | Smart speaker with Alexa, Twilight Blue Fabric – was £89.99, now £59.99, Amazon

All-new Echo Flex – was £24.99, now £19.99, Amazon

Google Home Mini – Chalk – was £29, now £19, Argos

Google Nest Mini with Philips Hue E27 White Bulb – was £54.99, now £34.99, Argos

Google Nest Hub – was £119, now £59, Argos

For more smart speaker offers, visit our best Black Friday Amazon deals guide, and our best Black Friday Argos, John Lewis & Partners and Currys PC world deals guide.

Amazon deals

Apple iPhone XS (256GB) – Silver – was £999, now £699, Amazon

Sony RX100 IV Advanced Compact Premium Camera with 1.0-Type Sensor, 24-70 mm F1.8-2.8 Zeiss Lens, 4K Movie – was £1,000, now £532.88, Amazon

Sage BES875UK The Barista Express with Temp Control Milk Jug, Brushed Stainless Steel – was £599.95, now £364

Huawei P30 128 GB 6.1 Inch OLED Display Smartphone with Leica Triple Camera, 6GB RAM – was £699.99, now £489.99 Amazon

Sony DSC-HX350 Digital Compact Bridge Camera with 50x Optical Zoom – Black​ – was £379, now £229, Amazon

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones – was £219.99, now £98 – was £219.99, now £98, Amazon

Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina, 2.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD) – Space Grey – was £1,249, now £1,124 Amazon

Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Smart speaker with Alexa – Charcoal Fabric – was £49.99, now £22, Amazon

LG 43UM7100PLB 43 Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart LED TV – was £449.99, now £320, Amazon

Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote – was £39.99, now £19.99, Amazon

Ring Video Doorbell plus Echo Dot Charcoal – was £138.99, now £111 – Amazon

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P6 Portable Bluetooth Speaker, Black – was £250, now £190, Amazon

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137 Generation IPL, Permanent Visible Laser Hair Removal – was £610, now £339.95, Amazon

Hive Active Heating and Hot Water Thermostat with Professional Installation + Echo Dot (3rd Gen) – Charcoal Fabric – was £184.98, now £159.98, Amazon

Fitbit Versa Health & Fitness Smartwatch, Periwinkle – was £199.99, now £127.99, Amazon

ASUS TUF FX505DV 15.6“ FHD 120Hz Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop – was £1,249.99, now £947, Amazon

For more Amazon offers, read our best Black Friday Amazon deal guide.

TV deals

Samsung QE55Q60 55 inch, QLED 4K Ultra HD Certified HDR 1000 Smart Q60 TV – was £1,299, now £699, Very

LG 55UM7660PLA 55” 4K Active HDR TV – was £799, now £449, Very

Sony BRAVIA KD65XG7002ABU 65 Inch LED 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart TV – was £1,199, now £829, Amazon

LG UM7100PLA 70 inch 4K Active HDR UHD TV with Advanced Colour Enhancer – was £1,199.99, now £749, Very

Sony BRAVIA KD65XG81 65-inch LED 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart Android TV with voice remote – was £1,599, now £899, Amazon

Philips Ambilight 55PUS8204/12 55“ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant – was £899, now £549, Currys PC World

LG Electronics OLED55B9PLA 55-Inch UHD 4K HDR Smart OLED TV with Freeview Play – was £1,799, now £1,099, Amazon

Samsung 43-Inch Ru7400 Dynamic crystal Colour HDR Smart 4K TV – was £509.99, now £395, Amazon

LG 49UM7000PLA 49“ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV  – was £399, now £329, Currys PC World

LG OLED55B9PLA 55 inch 4K OLED Smart TV with α7 Gen 2 Processor and Cinema HDR – was £1,999, now £1,099, Very

Sony BRAVIA KD55XG7002ABU 55 Inch LED 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart TV – was £899, now £549, Amazon

SAMSUNG QE43Q60RATXXU 43“ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR QLED TV with Bixby – was £699, now £529, Currys PC World

LG 65UM7660PLA 65 inch 4K Active HDR Ultra HD TV – was £1299, now £629, Very

Philips Ambilight 50PUS8204/12 50“ Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV with Google Assistant – was £799, now £449, Currys PC World

Sony BRAVIA KD55XG81 55-inch LED 4K HDR Ultra HD Smart Android TV – was £1,099, now £599, Amazon

Samsung The Frame 55 inch Art Mode QLED 4K HDR Smart TV – was £1,799, now £1,289, Very

Sony Bravia KDL32WE613BU (32-Inch) HD Ready HDR Smart TV – was £349, now £199, Amazon

Check out our best TV Black Friday deals page for more.

Laptop deals

ASUS TUF FX505DV 15.6“ FHD 120Hz Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop – was £1,249.99, now £947, Amazon

Apple MacBook Pro (2017) 13 inch Intel® Core™ i5 Processor, 8Gb RAM, 128Gb SSD – Space Grey – was from £1,249, now from £889, Very

HP Chromebook 14-db0003na A4-9120 Processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, 14 inch Laptop – was £249.99, 174.99, Very 

DELL Inspiron 15 3000 15.6“ AMD Ryzen 5 Laptop – 256 GB SSD, Silver – was £599, now £399, Currys PC World

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina, Touch Bar, 2.6GHz 6-Core Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD – Silver – was £2,699, now £2,186, Amazon

ASUS ZenBook UX333 Full HD 13.3 Inch Laptop – was £899.99, now £699.99, Amazon

HP 14-dk0008na 14“ Laptop – was £569, now £399, AO

ASUS TUF FX505DV 15.6“ FHD 120Hz Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop – was £1,249, now £947, Amazon

Apple MacBook Pro (2019) 13 inch with Touch Bar, 1.4GHz Quad core 8th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor, 128Gb SSD – Space Grey – was from £1,299, now £1,146, Very

ASUS Zephyrus GX531 240Hz 15.6in FHD Gaming Laptop – was £3,500, now £2,677.80, Amazon

HP Pavilion 14-ce3501sa 14in Laptop – was £649, now £499, Currys PC World

LENOVO IdeaPad S145-15IWL 15.6in Intel Core i3 Laptop – was £399, now £299, Currys PC World

ACER Nitro 5 AN515-54 Intel Core i5 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop – was £699, now £599, Currys PC World

For more laptop offers, visit our best Black Friday laptop deals page.

Smartphone deals

Apple iPhone XS (256GB) – Silver – was £999, now £699, Amazon

Apple iPhone X (64 GB) – Space Grey – was £899, now £749, Amazon

Apple iPhone XR 64GB (Sim Free) – was £629, now £549, Argos

HUAWEI Y6 2019 – was £129.99, now £99.99, Very

O2 is offering a £200 saving on the iPhone XR 64GB: From less than £32 a month, £39.99 upfront. Visit its Black Friday deals page for more.

Apple iPhone Xs, 64Gb – was £999, now £699, Very

O2 also has £300 off the Samsung Galaxy S10: From under £40 a month, £30 upfront.

Three is offering a £144 saving on the iPhone 11: unlimited data and minutes for £49 a month with a £49 upfront cost. Visit its Black Friday deals page to secure the offer.

Apple iPhone 6s Plus, 32Gb – was £349, now £299, Very

Apple iPhone 6s Plus, 128Gb – was £449, now £349, Very

Huawei P30 128 GB 6.1 Inch OLED Display Smartphone with Leica Triple Camera, 6GB RAM – was £699.99, now £489.99, Amazon

Apple iPhone Xs, 256Gb – was £1,149, now £849, Very

HONOR 10 Lite Dual SIM, 64 GB storage, 24 MP Front Camera with 6.21 Inch Full View Display – was £199.99, now £149, Amazon

Samsung Galaxy A70 Dual-SIM 128GB 6.7-Inch Black – was £369, now £308.57, Amazon

Sony Xperia 1, 6.5inch 4K HDR OLED Screen, 128GB Memory, 6GB RAM – was £849, now £639, Amazon

Sony Xperia 10 6 Inch 21:9 Full HD+ display Android 9 UK SIM-Free Smartphone with 3GB RAM and 64GB Storage – was £299.99, now £199.89, Amazon

For more smartphone discounts, visit our best Black Friday Apple deals page, our best Black Friday Argos, John Lewis & Partners and Currys PC World deals guide, or our Amazon deals page.

Game console deals

Xbox One S Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order (1TB) – was £249.99, now £169.99, Very

PlayStation 4 500GB with Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019) – Black – was £249, now £199, AO

Xbox One All-Digital Edition Bundle (1TB) – was £199.99, now £129.99, Very

PS4 500GB FIFA 20 Bundle and Marvel Spiderman – was £279.99, now £199.99, Very

PS4 500GB + FIFA 20 – was £249, now £199, AO

PlayStation 4 500GB with Call of Duty Modern Warfare – was £249, now £199, AO

SONY PlayStation VR MegaPack 2 – was £299, now £209, Currys PC World

Xbox One S Disc-Free Console – was £199.99, now £129.99, Studio

PS4 Marvel’s Spider-Man – was £29.99, now £13.99, Currys PC World

PlayStation 4 500 GB with FIFA 20 – Black – was £249, now £199, AO

The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Complete Edition – was £44.95, now £34.99, Amazon

Xbox One X 1TB Console – Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Bundle (Xbox One) – was £449.99, now £388.98, Amazon

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare PS4 Pro Bundle (PS4) – was £329.85, now £299, Amazon

PS4 Pro FIFA 20 Bundle with Optional Extras – was from £349.99, now from £299.99, Very

Xbox One X Gears 5 Limited Edition bundle (1TB) – was £408.99, now £299.99, Amazon

Xbox One X 1TB with Forza Horizon 4 with Lego Speed Champions Add On, 1 Month Game pass and 1 Month Xbox Live Gold – Black – was £449, now £299, AO

Nintendo Switch Lite – Turquoise​ – was £189.59, now £179, Amazon

SEGA Mega Drive Mini Retro Console – was £69.99, now £59.99, Argos

Looking for more gaming offers? Check out our best Black Friday console deals page.

Tablet deals

HUAWEI MediaPad T3 10 – 9.6“” Android 7.0 Tablet – was £129.99, now £89.99, Amazon

Apple 10.2“ iPad (2019) – 32 GB, Space Grey – was £349, now £299, Currys PC World

Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 10.5 inch Tablet, 128Gb – was £619, now £569, Very

Samsung Tab S5e 10.5 Inch 64GB WiFi Tablet – was £379, now £329, Very

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 10.5“ 64GB WiFi Tablet 2018 – Black – was £524, now £459, AO

APPLE 9.7“ iPad (2018) – 32 GB, Space Grey – was £319, now £289, Currys PC World

All-new Fire 7 Tablet | 7“ display, 16 GB, Black – was £49.99, now £29.99, Amazon

Fire HD 8 Tablet, 16 GB, Blue – was £79.99, now £44.99, Amazon

All-new Fire HD 10 Tablet | 10.1“ 1080p Full HD display, 32 GB, Black – was £149.99, now £94.99, Amazon

All-new Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet | 7“ Display, 16 GB, Purple Kid-Proof Case – was £99.99, now £54.99, Amazon

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet, 8“ HD Display, 32 GB, Blue Kid-Proof Case – was £129.99, now £84.99, Amazon

To get your hands on more tablet deals, check our our Apple Black Friday deals guide, our page on Argos, Currys PC World, and John Lewis & Partners deals and our Amazon offers page.

Kids, toys and baby deals

Sylvanian Families Red Roof Country Home Gift Set – was £119.99, now £49.99, Very

LEGO 42083 Technic Bugatti Chiron Super Sports Car Exclusive Collectible Model – was £329.99, now £212.27, Amazon

LEGO 70425 Hidden Side Haunted High School Construction Set – was £109.99, now £72.99, Amazon

Peppa Pig World of Peppa Playset – was £80, now £50, Argos

Pokemon Ultimate Multi Figure Pack – was £35, now £17.50, Argos 

Juno the Elephant – was £79.99, now £49.99, Smyths Toys

LEGO Star Wars Porg – was £59.97, now £39.97, Asda

Pie Face Showdown Game – was £29, now £5.80, The Toy Shop

Hatchimals Mystery Who Will You Hatch Egg – was £59.99, now £24.99, The Toy Shop

Star Wars Force Link – Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer – was £54.99, now £14.99, The Toy Shop

Playmobil City Life Animal Zoo – was £90, now £45, Argos

Hot Wheels City Volcano Set – was £90, now £45, Argos

Barbie Limo and 4 dolls – was £120, now £60, Argos

Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme – was £135, now £67.50, Argos

furReal Roarin’ Ivory the Playful Tiger – was £120, now £60, Argos

Flying Fairy Tinkerbell – was £30, now £15, Argos

Disney Princess Creative Art Set – was £30, now £15, Argos

John Lewis & Partners My First Scooter, Pink – 30 per cent off, now £34.30, John Lewis & Partners

Playmobil Ghostbusters Fire House Headquarters Play Set – 30 per cent off, now £51.44, John Lewis & Partners

LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall – was £89.97, now £69.97, Asda

LEGO 10903 DUPLO Town Fire Station with Light and Sound, Fire Engine and 2 Firemen Figures​ – was £39.99, now £26.66, Amazon

Nerf Fortnite AR-L Motorised Toy Blaster, 20 Official Fortnite Elite Darts – was £50.99, now £39.99, Amazon

For more of our kids deals, read our guide on the best Black Friday kids toys and gift deals

Kitchen appliance deals

HISENSE RS696N4LB1 Fridge Freezer – was £819.99, now £649.99, Very

Sage BES875UK The Barista Express with Temp Control Milk Jug, Brushed Stainless Steel – was £599.95, now £364

Jura ENA 8 15315 Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – Black – was £899, now £749, AO

Ninja Duo 2-in-1 Blender with Intergrated Nutri Ninja – was £149.99, now £94.99, Amazon

Samsung DW60M6050FS Standard Dishwasher – Stainless Steel – A++ Rated – was £479, now £379, AO

De’Longhi Eletta, Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – was £829.99, now £449.10, Amazon

NUTRiBULLET Rx Blender and Food Processor – was £149.99, now £119, Amazon

DOLCE GUSTO by De’Longhi Jovia EDG250B – was £79,99, now £29.99, Currys PC World

Samsung RB37J5230SS Freestanding Fridge Freezer – was £699, now £499, Amazon

KitchenAid Artisan 4.8L Stand Mixer, Candy Apple Red – was £500, now £299, John Lewis & Partners

DeLonghi Eletta Plus ECAM44.620S Bean to Cup Coffee Machine – was £599.99, now £399.99, Very

Sage The Barista Express BES875UK Espresso Coffee Machine with Integrated Burr Grinder – was £599, now £364, AO

Tefal ActiFry Original Plus with Snacking Tray GH847040 – was £159.99, now £99.99, Very

Philips HR1889/71 Viva Collection Masticating Juicer – was £199, now £140, John Lewis & Partners

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Krups Piccolo XS Coffee Machine – Black – was £69, now £44.99, Argos

BREVILLE Curve VKT118 Jug Kettle – Grey & Rose Gold – was £79.99, now £35, Currys PC World

BREVILLE Curve VTT786 4-Slice Toaster – Black – was £79.99, now £35, Currys PC World 

For more kitchen appliance deals, check our our Amazon Black Friday guide and our deals page on Argos, Currys PC World and John Lewis & Partners.

Home appliance deals

HOOVER Dynamic Next One Touch DXOA68LW3 washing machine – was £349.99, now £229.99, Very

Mcculloch GB355BP Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower – was £229.99, now £136.99, Amazon

HOOVER Dynamic Next DXOA68LB3B washing machine – was £369.99, now £239.99, Very

Shark duoclean cordless stick vacuum true pet with flexology – was £379.99, now £199, Very

Shark Powered Lift-Away True Pet XL AX950UKT Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaner with Pet Hair Removal – was £379, now £179, AO

Shark Anti-Allergen Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner – was £399.99, now £258.74, Amazon

Philips Azur Steam Iron with 250g Steam Boost – was £90, now £54.99, Amazon

Eufy Robot Vacuum Cleaner – was £289.99, now £169.99, Amazon

iRobot Roomba 671 Robot Vacuum Cleaner – was £380, now £229.99, Amazon

Dyson V8 Absolute Cordless Bagless Vacuum Cleaner – Nickel & Iron – was £399, now £299, Currys PC World

SHARK DuoClean Powered Lift-Away True Pet Anti Hair Wrap AZ910UKT Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner, Rose Gold – was £369, now £199, Currys

Shark Cordless Upright Vacuum Cleaner – was £449.99, now £279, Amazon

Krups Vertuo Plus XN903840 Coffee Machine – was £179, now £75, Currys

Bosch WAN28201GB Freestanding Washing Machine, 8kg Load, A+++ Energy Rating, 1400rpm Spin, White – was £429 now £349, John Lewis & Partners

DYSON AM09 Hot & Cool Fan Heater – White Nickel – was £399, now £299, Currys PC World

Dyson V7 Motorhead Extra vacuum – was £299.99, now £199, Very

Bosch TDi9010GB iTemp Steam Iron – was £109.99, now £39.99, Very

Tefal GV9071 Pro Express Care High Pressure Steam Generator, 2400 W, Black/Blue – was £329.99, now £179, Amazon

Kärcher FC3 Premium Cordless Hard Floor Cleaner – was £299.99, now £219.99, John Lewis & Partners

Tefal GV9071 Pro Express Care High Pressure Steam Generator, 2400 W, Black/Blue – was £329.99, now £179 Amazon

Looking for more home appliance offers? Visit our Amazon Black Friday guide and our deals page on Argos, Currys PC World and John Lewis & Partners.

Headphone deals

2019 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case – was £199, now £168, John Lewis & Partners 

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2nd Generation) – was £159, now £139, Argos

bokman True Wireless Earbuds – was £69.99, now £49.95, Amazon

Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case – was £199, now £168, Currys PC World

Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 In-Ear Headphones – was £79.99, now £49.95, Amazon

Marshall Major III Foldable Bluetooth Headphones – was £129, now £65.09, Amazon

Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 True Wireless Earbuds  – was £150, now £99.95, Amazon

RHA TrueConnect True Wireless Sweat & Weather-resistant Bluetooth In-Ear Headphones with Mic/Remote  – was £149, now £99, John Lewis & Partners

Marshall Monitor Bluetooth Headphones – was £219.99, now £98 – was £219.99, now £98, Amazon

JBL LIVE 400BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones – was £99.99, now £49.99 – was £99.99, now £49.99, Amazon

Apple AirPods with Charging Case (2nd Generation) – was £159, now £139

Sony Wh-XB900N Extra Bass Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones – was £230, now £128, Amazon

Beats by Dr Dre​ Studio 3 Wireless Headphones – Grey – was £299, now £179, Very

ENACFIRE E18 Bluetooth 5.0 Wireless Headphones – was £99.99, now £35.99, Amazon

Beats Studio3 Wireless Over‑Ear Headphones – was £299.95, now £179, Amazon

Mattress deals

Emma Mattress

IndyBest’s favourite mattress is currently on offer in Emma’s biggest Black Friday sale, with an impressive 40 per cent off its “original” mattress and other accessories. Use the code ‘BLACK 40’ at checkout. If you want to hear more about the mattress before you buy, read our review.

Emma original mattress, single – was £429, now £257.40

Emma original mattress, double – was £649, now £389.40

Emma original mattress, king size – was £699, now £419.40


Another brand that made our roundup of the best mattresses of 2019, Simba is offering up to 40 per cent off certain product bundles for Black Friday. It’s the retailer’s biggest sale yet.

The Cyber Elite Hybrid Bundle – The Simba Hybrid Mattress, The Hybrid Duvet, Two height adjustable Hybrid Pillows (one with single mattresses) and a free deluxe Mattress Protector – was £1,191, now £720.64

The Cyber Dual Pillow Bundle – The Simba Hybrid Mattress, two memory foam pillows (one with single mattresses) and a free deluxe Mattress Protector – was £934, now £608.30

The Cyber Lite Bundle – The Simba Hybrid Mattress with a free deluxe mattress protector – was £814, now £561.75


The mattress brand is offering 20 per cent off your order from now until midnight on 29 November using the code “BLACKFRIDAY”. 

Amazon’s best mattress deals

Silentnight 7 Zone Memory Foam Rolled Mattress – was £249.99, now £235.99

eve Sleep Light UK King, Original, Breathable Memory Foam Mattress, 150 x 200 cm, 10 Year Warranty – was £499.99, now £398.99

Silentnight 2800 Pocket Natural Wool Mattress | Tailored Support & Pressure Relief | Medium | King – was £919, now £589.99

Silentnight 1400 Pocket Natural Wool Mattress | Tailored Back Support | Firm | Double – was £599, now £379.99

Silentnight 2800 Pocket Natural Wool Mattress | Tailored Support & Pressure Relief | Medium | Double – was £779, now £434.99

Silentnight 2000 Pocket Natural Wool Mattress | Tailored Comfort & Pressure Relief | Medium Soft | King – was £769, now £499.99

Silentnight 2800 Pocket Natural Wool Mattress | Tailored Support & Pressure Relief | Medium | Super King – £1,099, now £699.99

For more mattress deals, check out our best Black friday furniture deals page.​

Health and beauty deals

Debenhams is offering 50 per cent off selected fragrances

Ghd gold Styler and air hairdryer bundle – was £269.99, now £169.99, Very

Urban Decay – ‘Naked Honey’ Eye Shadow Palette 11.4g – was £42, now £25.20, Debenhams

Oral-B SmartSeries 6500 CrossAction Electric Toothbrush – was £229.99, now £88.40, Amazon

Oral B Genius X Boots Exclusive Blush Pink Electric Toothbrush with Art of Brushing Travel Case – was £340, now £120, Boots

Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Hair Masque – was £34.90, now £26.17, Amazon

Clinique – ‘Shining Stars’ Skincare Gift Set – was £70, now £35, Debenhams

ghd Ultimate Styling Gift Set – was £249.99, now £174.99, Amazon

Panasonic EH-NA65 Pink Hair Dryer with nanoe technology – was £109.99, now £44.99, Amazon

Sanctuary Spa Gift Set, Signature Showstopper Hat Box for Women with Shower Gel – was £40, now £20, Amazon

Paco Rabanne Lady Million For Women Eau de Parfum 50ml for Her – was £64, now £37.50, Boots

ghd Original Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners – was £109.99, now £81, Amazon

FOREO ​LUNA 3 Facial Cleansing Brush, was £169, now £126.75, Look Fantastic

ghd Max Styler Professional Ceramic Hair Straighteners – was £149, now £109.99, Amazon

Cult Beauty is offering 15 per cent off purchases of £15 or more, 20 per cent off purchases of £75 or more, 25 per cent off purchases of £200 or more and 30 per cent off purchases of £500 or more

Neal’s Yard Remedies Sweet Dreams Bedtime Bodycare Gift Set – was £21.12, now £17.60, John Lewis & Partners

BOSS Orange Man 100ml Eau de Toilette – was £60, now £30, Very

ghd Gold Styler Professional Hair Straighteners – was £149, now £109

ghd Air Hair Dryer Salon-Finish Hairdryer – was £99, now £78.99

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Cordless Hair Removal Device for Body, Face, Bikini and Underarms – was £550, now £268.99, Amazon

Real Techniques Glitz & Glam Gift Set – was £60, now £30, Boots

GUCCI – ‘Gucci Bamboo’ Eau De Parfum For Her 50ml – was £74, now £40, Debenhams

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5137 Generation IPL, Permanent Visible Laser Hair Removal – was £610, now £324.99, Amazon

Braun IPL Silk Expert Pro 5 PL5124 Generation IPL, Permanent Visible Laser Hair Removal for Women and Men with Premium Pouch – was £599.99, now £249.99, Amazon

Marc Jacobs – ‘Dot’ Eau De Parfum 50ml – was £52, now £26, Debehnams

No7 The Beauty Wardrobe Gift Set – was £50, now £25, Boots

Estée Lauder – ‘Ready to Glow’ Skincare Gift Set – was £90, now £45, Debenhams

FOREO LUNA 2 Facial Cleansing Brush for Combination Skin – was £149, now £111.75, Boots

Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Electric Toothbrush, 2019 Edition – was £299, now £89.99, Amazon

HUGO BOSS – ‘Boss Bottled Night’ Eau De Toilette 200ml – was £87, now £43.50, Debenhams

Which stores are taking part?

Here’s our roundup of some of the retailers to watch out for and quick links to their Black Friday landing pages:

Amazon – This year, the Amazon Black Friday deals started on Friday 22 November, a whole week before Black Friday, making it the retailer’s biggest ever Black Friday event. Read our guide on the best Amazon deals to find out more.

AO –​ This online electrical retailer has already kicked off its biggest ever Black Friday sale, with £100 off all large kitchen appliances, up to £150 off Shark vacuums and more.

Argos – Argos started its sale a week before the big day, while last year it started the day before Black Friday, but the retailer did run some offers before then. There’s big savings on everything from toys to electricals. Read our guide on the best Argos deals for more. 

Apple – The tech giant Apple has traditionally resisted partaking in Black Friday but will be taking part this year in the form of in-store vouchers. We predict that other retailers such as John Lewis & Partners, Amazon and Currys PC World will be offering discounted Apple products. To find out how to get the best deals, read our Black Friday Apple guide.

Asos – Online retailer Asos takes part in Black Friday every year. We predict that customers will be offered special discounts off everything across the site come November 29. For more, read our guide to fashion and beauty deals.

Aspinal of London – This luxury brand best known for its gorgeous leather travel wallets, notebooks and handbags is offering an impressive 30 per cent off selected lines, while the whole collection has 20 per cent off, which will be automatically applied at checkout.

Beauty Bay – Last year, Beauty Bay offered up to 50 per cent off across its website, with huge savings on popular makeup products. For other make-up and skincare deals, read our fashion and beauty sale guide.

Boots – If you’re looking for discounts on perfume, gifting, skincare and electrical beauty, Boots should be your go-to destination. The retailer has already kicked off its Black Friday sale, with great deals on No7, Fenty Beauty and more.

BT – If you’re looking for a new broadband package, you should seriously consider BT’s Black Friday deals, which have now started. Last year it offered up to £440 off on broadband, TV, sport and mobile deals.

Carphone Warehouse – Available both online and in store, Carphone Warehouse offered some great deals last year, including up to £200 off pay monthly phones. You can sign up for exclusive information about its Black Friday sale.

Casper – The mattress brand is offering 15 per cent off from now until 28 November on your oder (excluding the glow), using the code “EARLYBIRD”. 

Currys PC World – Inline with last year, Currys PC World is offering savings on thousands of products and is a must-have destination for anyone looking for discounted tech and electronics like laptops and TVs. Read our guide on the best Currys PC World deals for more.

Debenhams – Last year the retailer kicked off its Black Friday sale a few days before the day itself. This year Debenhams is offering up to 50 per cent off.

EE – The phone company offered big deals last year on broadband and phone packages, as well as SIM only phone handsets and tablets.  EE’s site vaguely states that deals are “coming in November”, but you can register your interest to receive updates on its sale.

Fitbit – It’s a great time to buy all your Fitbit Christmas presents this Black Friday, last year it offered up to £60 off selected products on its site. 

Game – Last year Game offered big discounts on the latest games and console bundles on Black Friday. We’re expecting big things this year too.

ghd – Our go-to brand for good hair days will also be offering “good hair deals” again this year. We’re expecting 20 per cent off products from hairdryers to sraightners

GTech – British company GTech has offers on all your floor cleaning needs, from vacuum cleaners to power sweepers. It kicked off its sale on November 18 and will run until December 2, with up to 70 per cent off selected items.

Gym Shark – The sportswear brand’s “blackout” sale is finally here. Gym Shark is offering up to 70 per cent off both women’s and menswear.

Halfords – Starting with a bang, the hardware store has started its big Black Friday sale early, with deals live right now on bikes, hardware and more. 

Harvey Nichols – For all things luxury, opt for Harvey Nic’s this Black Friday. From 22-26 November, the store is offering 25 per cent off fashion and accessories and 10 per cent off beauty.

John Lewis & Partners  – With offers available both in-store and online, John Lewis & Partners is price matching rivals on popular tech, homewares and fashion lines thanks to its “Never Knowingly Undersold” tag line. Read our John Lewis & Partners’ deals guide for more.

LoveHoney – This retailer is sure to get you in the mood this Black Friday. Last year, it offered 50 per cent off adult toys and lingerie, with new deals added every hour. It’s already offering up to 50 per cent off items right now.

Look Fantastic – Look Fantastic is offering 25 per cent off for the first 250 customers, while everyone else saves 15 per cent. You can sign up for updates on its 2019 sale.

M&S – Despite not officially taking part in Black Friday sales last year, M&S launched a huge clearance sale during the event, with up to 50 per cent off fashion and fragrance and 40 per cent off furniture. We’re expecting similar offers this year.

Now TV – The popular subscription-free TV service has kicked off its Black Friday sale with 25 per cent on its TV bundles.

Next – Since the retailer offered up to 70 per cent off selected lines during Black Friday last year, it’s worth checking out Next’s 2019 sale. 

Nike – Footwear brand Nike is offering 30 per cent off lots of its products now. For the past two years, the sports retailer offered a 30 per cent discount across its lines.

O2 – Phone retailer O2 has launched its Black Friday sale, with £300 off the iPhone XR, £300 off the Samsung Galaxy S10 and more. Visit its Black Friday deals page for more.

Oliver Bonas – It’s offering 25 per cent off on everything from clothing to jewellery now. You’ll need to create an account to get access to it.

Sky – With 50 per cent off TV packages and other phone and broadband deals already live, Sky isn’t waiting around for next Friday to announce its offers. 

Shark – Save up to £200 on Shark’s vacuum cleaners in its Black Friday sale. Items are selling out fast. 

Simba Sleep – There’s no better time to save on a new mattress than during the Black Friday sales. Simba is already offering up to 40 per cent off certain product bundles for Black Friday. It’s the retailer’s biggest sale yet.

Tesco – Last year the UK supermarket had some impressive offers for Black Friday, including up to 50 per cent off their clothing range, F&F. 

Three – The phone retailer is offering £480 off the Samsung Galaxy S10e, £480 off the Huwawei P30 and £144 off the Apple iPhone 11 in its Black Friday sale. We’re expecting the deals to get even better closer to the day.

The North Face – Kit yourself out for winter with one of our favourite outdoors brands. Last year, we saw great deals and expect to see the same in 2019 too.

The White Company – Known for it’s quality clothing from pjs to cosy jumpers and great homewares, the brand now has 20 per cent off everything, calling it the “White Weekend”, with free UK delivery when you spend more than £50.

Timberland – Following on from last year’s huge event, Timberland is once again offering up to 40 per cent off, site wide and in-store.

Topshop – There’s now 25 per cent off everything at Topshop. Last year high street favourite Topshop offered up to 50 per cent off all clothing.

Superdrug – Save on all your favourite health and beauty brands both in store and online with Superdrug on Black Friday. Members get exclusive pre-Black Friday deals if you can’t wait until the big day, but Superdrug already has great fragrance deals live for everyone.

Very – With discounts on fashion, home, tech and gifts, Very should be on your list this Black Friday. Deals are already live with up to 40 per cent off winter fashion and great tech offers.

Vodafone – From smartphones to tablets, Vodafone didn’t disappoint last year with its Black Friday deals. This year deals are set to be even bigger. 

Urban Outfitters – The brand is offering up to 40 per cent off on selected lines with the code “PREVIEW40”. Sign up to emails for early access.

What’s the best way to get a Cyber Monday deal?

Although there will be thousands of good deals available, the key to getting the best value for your money is to be prepared well in advance of the sales.

Our IndyBest team will be doing most of the hard work for you, finding the best offers on everything from TVs and fashion to furniture and flights, as well as providing extensive guides on how to bag the best bargain. As a result, it’s worth checking The Independent closer to the time for our top tips and deals. 

When it comes to preparing for the big day, first of all, think about what you actually want. Is it a new winter coat from The North Face, a pair of wireless Beats headphones, an iPad or a Foreo Luna beauty gadget?

The key is not getting drawn into seemingly “good looking” deals that you don’t actually want or need.

Once you know what you want, make sure that you shop around to find the best price for it before the Black Friday sale begins. That way, you’ll know if a sale deal really is a bargain or not.

Deals will be available both on the high street and online, so whether you can face shopping centres and the likes of London’s Oxford Street, or prefer to search from the comfort of your own home, everyone can benefit from the offers.

Tips for Cyber Monday shopping online

Make sure you’ve already got an account with big e-commerce websites like Amazon to make shopping easier and quicker (no time wasted entering all your details), and if you want next day delivery, register for Amazon Prime.

Sign up to newsletters of brands that you like and might want to shop from so that you’re first to know when their sales start and any discount codes you might need.

Download the apps of retailers you use and follow them on Instagram and Twitter for deals, too. 

To find the original price of a product, use PriceSpy or CamelCamelCamel – the latter is especially useful for Amazon.

Don’t forget to check retailer’s returns policies before buying and to check the terms and conditions for sites you’ve not used before.

To make sure you are shopping safely online, check any emails you receive properly before clicking links to make sure they’re legitimate.

If you’re shopping from a computer, it’s also a good idea to ensure your anti-malware software is up to date.

Can I get cashback on Cyber Monday deals?

This all depends on your debit or credit card provider.

During the Black Friday period, a number of retailers offer cashback on purchases, while websites such as Quidco also offer cashback for new customers of big brands. So, make sure you look into these policies before November.​

Read more on Cyber Monday 2019

Best Amazon Black Friday deals – As Amazon’s sale is in full swing, here are the best offers so far, along with advice on how to prepare for the main event

Best Argos, Currys PC World and John Lewis & Partners Black Friday deals – Three big contenders in the sale, these retailers are slashing prices off a range of products

Best Apple Black Friday deals – The tech giant is notorious for not participating in Black Friday, so how can you find deals on Apple products? Find out in our guide

Best Black Friday TV deals – If you’re wanting to upgrade your TV setup at home, there’s no better time to bag a bargain than Black Friday. Read our guide on the best deals.

Best Black Friday laptop deals – Looking for a new laptop but unsure where to start? The Independent’s tech critic David Phelan has shared some advice on what to look out for before the big sale

Best Black Friday console deals – Struggling to choose which console to buy, or wanting to find the best offers? Here’s our expert gaming guide

Best Black Friday kids’ toys and gifts deals – From Star Wars Lego to Amazon fire tablets, here are the biggest discounts this year

Best Black Friday fashion and beauty deals – Get your wish lists at the ready, your favourite retailers are offering huge discounts this year

Best furniture Black Friday deals – There’s no need to wait until the January sale to bag a bargain sofa, here’s our roundup of the best furniture discounts 

Best Black Friday TV and broadband deals – From super-fast broadband to cinema packages, we’ve found the best Black Friday offers around

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Black Friday 2019 is nearly here. Read our guide on how to get the best Black Friday deals

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