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The Poppy Appeal needs you more than ever this year


THE annual Poppy Appeal needs The Sun’s army of big-hearted readers more than ever this year.

Fears over Covid will dramatically reduce the number of street vendors.

Roy Miller, 97, was a Navy gunner in World War Two

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Roy Miller, 97, was a Navy gunner in World War Two

But forces veterans and their families who rely on the British Legion still desperately need our support.

That’s why The Sun, backed by celebs from David Beckham to Captain Tom Moore, is campaigning so hard for the Appeal.



Miller appears in this year’s TV ad for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

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Miller appears in this year’s TV ad for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

And we will be putting the poppy on our front page every day from now until Remembrance Day on November 11.

Join in the campaign today.

Display our brilliant poster you’ll find inside today’s newspaper, buy a poppy and give whatever you can.

David Beckham is among the famous faces who have backed The Sun's Poppy Appeal

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David Beckham is among the famous faces who have backed The Sun’s Poppy AppealCredit: Alpha Press
Captain Tom Moore holds two poppies showing his support for the British Legion

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Captain Tom Moore holds two poppies showing his support for the British LegionCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Covid-19 will dramatically reduce the number of street vendors

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Covid-19 will dramatically reduce the number of street vendorsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Veterans and their families still desperately need our support

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Veterans and their families still desperately need our supportCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Sun launches Poppy Appeal campaign asking readers to ride to the rescue of the Royal British Legion 

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What will public transport look like by the end of the year?


Over the summer public transport officials held a series of meetings with employer groups and third level colleges, facing an unprecedented need to gauge passenger demand from next month as “normal” post-summer life resumes.

The problem of course is that life will not return as normal. Trains, trams and busses will operate much differently and planners must consider what transport in Ireland will look like toward the end of 2020 and into 2021.

With strict social distancing requirements slashing capacity and many thousands of people planning to remain working from home, the focus will be on those who have no choice but to get back on board.

Detailed data obtained by The Irish Times shows very clearly the cataclysmic effect Covid-19 has had on public transport use, at one point shedding about 90 per cent as society shut down to contain the virus.

Looming concerns will include the relationship between demand and supply; public safety; how commuters might be persuaded to change their travel patterns; and the prospect of more people opting for private cars.

The challenges for what might come are best understood by looking at what has happened so far – in early March, the national transport network came to a grinding halt. As Ireland locked itself away, only a scattering of essential workers climbed on board carriages and buses, making their way to work through empty streets, enjoying a near perfectly functioning system.

“It fell off a cliff. We went from pushing 1 million passengers a day to very low numbers; just under 100,000 at one point and that stayed the case for the bulk of March and into April. It was really only when things started to open up in May [that numbers began to recover],” explained Tim Gaston, director of public transport services at the National Transport Authority (NTA).

Its data is stark, illustrated on graphs, as with most things related to the pandemic, by a precipitous downward curve.

Transport use by numbers

As a whole, daily PSO (public service) passenger numbers dropped from more than 950,000 at the very beginning of March, to consistently, and often well below 100,000, between the end of March and into May. On March 5th, just before the plummeting decline, the country’s first clusters of coronavirus were confirmed.

A swift and steady collapse followed. By the very end of that month, when transport use dipped and remained steadily below the 100,000 figure, it coincided with then taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s appeal to the nation to stay at home.

The so-called 2km rule was introduced, all but emptying public transport vehicles, with the only travel exceptions permitted for health, social care or other essential work as well as shopping for food or attending medical appointments.

A seven day rolling average of the data – which flattens out the peaks and troughs of weekend and weekday usage – shows that Dublin Bus, which had carried by far the largest number of commuters of all services before the pandemic, began to grow consistently beyond the 100,000 mark in early June.

This occurred just as Ireland was entering phase two of the lifting of Covid-19 related movement restrictions.

By April and early May, Luas usage had shrank to as low as 3 and 4 per cent of its late February level. On March 10th, it had almost 142,000 passenger journeys compared to just under 5,500 on April 18th (a Tuesday and Saturday respectively).

Similarly, Bus Éireann had dropped to as low as 5 per cent of passenger use when comparing mid-April with early March. 118,000 passengers on Friday, February 28th, had fallen to 14,700 by Friday, April 17th.

On Monday, March 9th, Irish Rail recorded slightly over 198,500 passengers, but by Monday, April 13th, it was just over 2,000.





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#Kazakhstan President Tokayev’s first year in office a success says EU



What happens in Kazakhstan also matters for the EU because the 27-member bloc is the number one investor in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s new president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev (pictured), has marked his first year in office, with a pledge to forge ahead with more reforms. Tokayev won the presidential election on 9 June 2019 with 70% of the votes, running against six other candidate.  He is widely praised for introducing far-reaching reforms in the country, the eighth largest in the world though with a population of just 20 million.

In his first major speech, the president defined his policies in all fields of the economy and society.

In the state-of-the-nation address he promised to oppose ‘unsystematic political liberalisation’ and instead carry reforms ‘without running ahead’. Crucially, a large part of his one-hour speech was devoted to improving living standards for the Kazakh people.

He also emphasised his goal of having a strong president, an influential parliament, and an accountable government. This reflects the government’s continued focus on reducing inequality in Kazakhstan and improving Kazakh citizens’ quality of life.

At the same time, the president also focused on political and economic development, including supporting micro, small and medium-sized businesses.

While much of President Tokayev’s first year in office has focused on – successfully – delivering on these promises  prioritised domestic reforms, he has also paid heed to several foreign policy priorities for Kazakhstan.

Most recently, of course, the focus has been very much on combating the ongoing health pandemic.

Last month, he admitted that this “has not been easy for our country.”  He also warned, “the crisis has not yet been completely overcome. The epidemic has not completely disappeared. A pandemic is still dangerous to public health.”

Several key issues, he believes, still need to be resolved in the near future.

First. Improving the self-sufficiency of the Kazakh economy.

Second. Kazakhstan has allocated around 1 trillion tenge for the implementation of the president’s Employment Roadmap and, following the implementation of the projects, an analysis of their socio-economic efficiency will be carried out.

Third. the construction of affordable housing will give a powerful incentive for economic development, employment growth and social support.

Fourth. the time has come, he insists, to work out the issue of introducing a progressive scale of individual income tax in respect of wages and other types of income.

Fifth. Support for national business.

Sixth. The country should switch to working directly with each capital holder to boost increased competition for foreign capital.

So, what is the verdict on his first year?

Mukhtar Tileuberdi, the minister of foreign affairs of Kazakhstan, says, “The President has been quick to implement his ideas. In his first few months in office, he has shown his commitment to promoting the development of a multi-party system, increased political competition, and pluralism of opinions in the country”.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, said that in recent months “the breadth and depth of our relationship has progressed immeasurably.”

This is partly due to the fact that president Tokayev, in March this year,  signed an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with the European Union, he said.  In doing so, Borrell notes it became the first country in Central Asia.

The Spanish official, a former president of the European parliament, adds “The European Union is the country’s biggest trade and investment partner, while Kazakhstan is by far the EU’s largest trade partner in Central Asia. What is more, we have invested heavily in strengthening governance, supporting its justice, social and economic reforms.”

Borrell says that, under the president’s tutelage, “We are turning the page and beginning an exciting new chapter.”

Polish MEP Ryszard Czarnecki, the Chair of the EU-Kazakhstan Friendship group in the European parliament, is equally enthusiastic, saying “In Europe, the prevailing opinion is that Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in fact, is building a social welfare state, where special attention is paid to reducing inequality, improving the quality of life of every Kazakh, and where priority is given to solving the day-to-day problems of the people.”

The ECR deputy adds, “In the field of foreign policy, Kazakhstan, as has been the case before, pays special attention to its partnership with the European Union. On 1 March 2020, the European Union-Kazakhstan Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement came into force. On the basis of this document, we expect that the parties will be able to fully reap the benefits of their partnership. As EU-Kazakhstan Friendship group chair I will do my utmost to further our relations to our mutual benefit.”

But the president has also overseen a whole raft of other changes, including abolishing the death penalty and reaffirming the need to strengthen the role of the Kazakh language as a state language.

He is spearheading a rapprochement between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union and also promoted freedom of expression for his country’s 20m citizens.

The president is also intensifying efforts to attract foreign direct investment, support farmers to market their products to foreign markets and support the activities of the Astana International Finance Centre.

He has also pledged to continue to support micro, small and medium sized businesses.

Shavkat Sabirov, director of the Institute for security and cooperation in Central Asia, says there has been a damaging lack of public confidence in political leadership around the world in recent time and this has many causes.

“But,” he notes,” perhaps none is more important than the widespread belief – fairly or unfairly – of citizens that their wishes, concerns and hopes are being ignored or taken for granted by those they have put in power.

It is a charge that Kazakhstan Tokayev has shown in his first months in office that he is determined to avoid.

Since his election last year, he has made his main priority reforming state and government services so they are more responsive to the needs and ambitions of its citizens.

He has wasted no time, either, in extending as he promised opportunity to all and increasing support to those who need it most.

It is a packed agenda – and President Tokayev is promising there will be no slow-up in reforms.

Fraser Cameron, director of the Brussels-based EU/Asia Centre, is a vastly experienced and respected expert on Asian affairs and gives a decidedly upbeat assessment of the country’s new head of state.

“President Tokayev’s ambitious reforms,” says Cameron, a former senior European Commission official,”should provide a solid basis to deepen cooperation between the EU and Kazhakstan.”

According to Willy Fautre, director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, there is still room for improvement. He says, “In the field of human rights, the legacy of President Tokayev’s predecessor is very heavy and a lot of progress needs to be quickly achieved. Freedom of religion is one of those areas where some controversial laws should be revised and aligned to international standards as quite a number of peaceful Sunni Muslims have been unduly sentenced to very long prison terms. The US is putting in place a constructive policy in this regard with the establishment of the US-Kazakhstan Religious Freedom Working Group.

“Washington is also developing an Enhanced Strategic Partnership Dialogue (ESPD) and has engaged Kazakhstan on a range of issues, such as human rights, labor and religious freedom. President Tokayev should not miss this opportunity to restore the image of his country.”

Looking to the future, there is still much more to do if the shared ambition of First President Nazarbayev and his successor of Kazakhstan joining the ranks of the world’s most developed 30 countries is to be achieved.

 

Kazakhstan/EU Factfile

  • The EU is Kazakhstan’s biggest trade partner, with almost 40% share in its total external trade.
  • Kazakhstan’s exports to the EU are heavily dominated by oil and gas which account for more than 80% of the country’s total exports.
  • Exports from the EU are dominated by machinery and transport equipment, as well as products within the manufacturing and chemicals sectors.
  • Imports from Kazakhstan greatly exceed EU exports to Kazakhstan.
  • Kazakhstan has a growing importance as an oil and gas supplier to the EU. Kazakhstan has benefited from strong foreign direct investment in recent years, largely to its oil and gas sector. Almost half of the foreign direct investment inflow comes from the EU.

 



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Russian New Year attack suspects remanded in custody


Saint Petersburg (AFP) – Russia on Monday remanded in custody two men suspected of planning an attack in Saint Petersburg during New Year’s festivities and pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.

The FSB security service announced on its website that the two men had been detained Friday based on information provided from “American partners”, and that both have confessed to preparing attacks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday thanked US President Donald Trump for intelligence that helped foil the attack.

The men are 22-year-old Nikita Semyonov and 23-year-old Georgiy Chernyshov, the local court service said in a statement following a closed hearing Monday in Saint-Petersburg, after a judge ruled that they be held pending the investigation.

The local Fontanka news website reported, citing an FSB source, that the duo planned attacks in a central shopping centre and a cathedral that is a major tourist attraction, and had sent photos to IS to confirm the targets.

A video released by the FSB showed the arrest of two Slavic-looking men and a raid on their apartment, which contained munitions, knives, electrical cables and black clothing.

One of the men in court Monday seemed to have bruises on his face, an AFP photographer said.

A video released by the FSB to Russian news agencies showed one of the suspects, his face masked, pledging allegiance to IS in Arabic.

Although Moscow and Washington are at odds on many issues both regularly stress their mutual determination to fight terrorism.



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Queen Elizabeth II to acknowledge ‘bumpy’ year in Christmas message


The 93-year-old monarch will refer to the life of Jesus and the importance of reconciliation in her pre-recorded message, saying “small steps taken in faith and in hope can overcome long-held differences and deep-seated divisions to bring harmony and understanding.”

She will add: “The path, of course, is not always smooth, and may at times this year have felt quite bumpy, but small steps can make a world of difference.”

The Queen did not specify whether she was referring to the political turmoil over Brexit that dominated 2019 in the UK, or whether she was thinking of personal events involving her own family, or both.
Prince Philip leaves hospital after four-night stay for undisclosed condition
Earlier this year, Philip was involved in a car crash near the Queen’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk. While the duke emerged unharmed, the other driver involved in the collision suffered cuts to her knee and a passenger sustained a broken wrist. In the wake of the accident, Philip, then-97, gave up his driving license.
The duke was not the only senior British royal to make headlines this year. In September, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex opened up about the struggles the couple have faced under intense media scrutiny while on tour in southern Africa.
Then last month, Prince Andrew — the Queen’s second son — announced he was stepping back from public duties following a widely-criticized interview about his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The disgraced financier died by apparent suicide in August.

The Queen’s annual Christmas message — which will be broadcast on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (10 a.m. ET) — was filmed in the Green Drawing Room at Windsor Castle.

Seated behind a desk in a royal blue cashmere dress designed by Angela Kelly, the Queen will address the nation surrounded by a selection of photographs of her family including a photograph of Prince Charles and his wife Camilla marking the 50th anniversary of his investiture as Prince of Wales, a family portrait of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their three children George, Charlotte and Louis, a photograph of the Duke of Edinburgh from her private collection as well as a black and white photograph of her father, King George VI, in 1944.

The Queen will also be wearing the Prince Albert brooch. It was given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1840, the day before their wedding and was worn on their wedding day. It is a sapphire and diamond brooch, set in gold.

The Queen will also use her Christmas Day message to highlight the 75th anniversary of D-Day landings.

“For the 75th anniversary of that decisive battle, in a true spirit of reconciliation, those who had formerly been sworn enemies came together in friendly commemorations either side of the channel, putting past differences behind them,” she will say.

“By being willing to put past differences behind us and move forward together, we honor the freedom and democracy once won for us at so great a cost.”

In June, the Queen paid tribute on behalf of “the whole free world” to those who died during the Normandy landings in Portsmouth, southern England with world leaders US President Donald Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron in attendance.



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ITV sign new five year deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco renewing BGT until 2024 and X Factor until 2020


ITV sign new five year deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco guaranteeing Britain’s Got Talent will stay on the channel until 2024… but X Factor is only commissioned for one more year

ITV has signed a new five year deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, ensuring that Britain’s Got Talent will be on-screen until 2024.

The channel announced that they will continue to show the Ant and Dec-fronted talent show for at least five more series, but only have only commissioned The X Factor to return in 2020.

It comes following reports that The X Factor could be axed despite Simon’s attempts the shake up the show, after this year’s Celebrity version earned the lowest ratings in the series’ 15 year history.

Amazing: ITV has signed a new five year deal with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, ensuring that Britain's Got Talent will be on-screen until 2024

Amazing: ITV has signed a new five year deal with Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment, ensuring that Britain’s Got Talent will be on-screen until 2024

In a statement Simon said: ‘I am thrilled our relationship with ITV is to continue for the foreseeable future. ITV has always been home to Britain’s Got Talent, The X Factor – and me! – and this long-term commitment shows the mutual respect in our partnership.

‘I would, of course, like to thank Carolyn (McCall, ITV’s chief executive) and Kevin (Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television) for their ongoing support plus all the teams at ITV, Syco and thames for their hard work and dedication.’

Kevin Lygo, ITV’s Director of Television added: ‘We are delighted to have secured Simon for another five years with ITV.

‘His track record speaks for itself. He creates shows that bring the nation together, celebrating the talent and diversity of modern Britain and giving ordinary people with extraordinary talent the chance to find fame.’

Strong: The talent show - hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (pictured) - has continued to bring in solid ratings for ITV

Strong: The talent show – hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly (pictured) – has continued to bring in solid ratings for ITV

Amelia Brown, Managing Director of Thames, said: ‘The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent are shows full of heart, enjoyed by the whole family. 

‘Both celebrate talent of all kind, from all walks of life and after 15 and 13 years respectively, we’re proud to make programmes which are much-loved staples of the ITV schedule. 

‘We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the network to bring these shows into people’s homes across the UK.’

Britain’s Got Talent has continued to bring in solid ratings for ITV, with its most recent final earning 9.7 million viewers.

However The X Factor has seen its viewership plummet in recent years, and the first episode of its new series The Band saw rating stumble from 4.12m to 3.13m in just 90 minutes.

Struggling: However the deal has only seen The X Factor commissioned for one more series, after its celebrity version (pictured) brought in some of the lowest ratings in its history

Struggling: However the deal has only seen The X Factor commissioned for one more series, after its celebrity version (pictured) brought in some of the lowest ratings in its history

Sources told The Sun that the figures ‘signal the beginning of the end’ for the singing show, which has only been awarded a one-year contract in the new deal.

But a source told MailOnline: ‘The show performed well with younger audiences and despite the Question Time special this week being targeted at the under 30s, X Factor still pulled in 50% more of those key 16-34 year-old viewers!’ 

At its peak in 2010 The X Factor pulled in an average of 14 million viewers across the series, but its recent civilian series last year pulled in less than half that.

Strong: The most recent Britain's Got Talent final drew in 9.7 million viewers, while The X Factor has seen its rating plummet in recent years

Strong: The most recent Britain’s Got Talent final drew in 9.7 million viewers, while The X Factor has seen its rating plummet in recent years



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Greta Thunberg named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year


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Greta Thunberg was named Time magazine’s 2019 Person of the Year on Wednesday morning. She is youngest figure to receive the distinction in its 92-year history.

The 16-year-old Swedish climate activist has become an iconic face in the fight to save the planet from climate change. Last year, she began spending her Fridays protesting by herself outside the Swedish parliament, and that effort grew to her leading a host of student-led climate strikes involving millions of people in over 170 countries.

Thunberg sailed from England to New York this fall for a United Nations climate summit instead of flying, emphasizing it’s less harmful to the environment. She then drew worldwide attention for her fiery speech at the U.N., where she accused world leaders of stealing her dreams and childhood with their inaction on climate change.

(MORE: Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Capital Gazette staff and persecuted reporters are Time’s Person of the Year)

“Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!” she asked at the U.N. in September. “The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us, I say — we will never forgive you.”

Thunberg has vowed the marches will continue until world leaders give serious attention to protecting the environment for future generations.

Time also named the World Cup-winning U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team as Athlete of the Year, Lizzo as Entertainer of the Year and Disney CEO Bob Iger as Business Person of the Year.

(MORE: The ‘silence breakers’ of #MeToo movement named Time magazine’s 2017 person of the year)

Known as “Man of the Year” or “Woman of the Year” until 1999, the annual issue of Time magazine profiles a person or group, idea or object, that “most affected the news and our lives, for good or ill, and embodied what was important about the year, for better or for worse,” former Time Managing Editor Walter Isaacson wrote in the 1998 issue. Though the outlet runs an online poll for People’s Choice, the final decision is made by editors.

The other finalists for the magazine’s annual title this year were President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the whistleblower and the Hong Kong protesters.

(MORE: Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg arrives in New York for UN summit on sailboat)

The top 10 contenders included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, U.S. Women’s National Team Captain Megan Rapinoe, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and Trump’s personal lawyer.

Time’s 2018 Person of the Year was “The Guardians” — journalists who have faced persecution, arrest or murder for their reporting — including Jamal Khashoggi, Maria Ressa and the staff of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Maryland.

Time’s first Man of the Year was aviator Charles Lindbergh following his trans-Atlantic flight in 1927.



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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

Simba

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

Casper

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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