Black Friday in Europe: 11 Countries, 1 Interactive Dashboard  

Black Friday has a reputation of being the biggest shopping day of the year in the US. But over the years, it's grown substantially around the world — especially ...
Updated on December 18, 2018

Black Friday has a reputation of being the biggest shopping day of the year in America. But over the years, the holiday has grown substantially around the world — especially in Europe.

To better understand Black Friday in Europe, we decided to dive into Criteo data to look at the past four years of Black Friday shopping across the pond. Specifically, we analyzed how Black Friday sales spikes have increased significantly since 2014. Our Black Friday Dashboard reveals just how much shoppers in Europe are embracing the shopping extravaganza.

The dashboard features data on 11 European countries — Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

The charts show indexed retail sales for each year, from 2014 to 2017, compared to the average daily sales between November 1 and November 14 of that year. In many cases, the findings are nothing short of amazing.

Black Friday Momentum Grows Steadily in Europe

In four short years, Black Friday in Europe has gone from an obscure shopping holiday to one of the best retail days of the year.


black friday europe dashboard

Denmark saw an astonishing +1300% sales compared to the first weeks of November in 2017. Four years earlier, for the same subset of retailers, it was only +332%.


black friday europe dashboard

Compared to early November, retail sales in France shot up by over 200% on Black Friday last year, doubling what we saw in 2016.


black friday europe dashboard

In Germany, Black Friday sales have been rising steadily over the last three years. There, sales nearly doubled on Black Friday 2017, compared to the first two weeks of November:

United Kingdom

black friday europe dashboard

In the United Kingdom, Festive Season sales around Black Friday have shown steady growth since 2014. Compared to the first two weeks of November, retail sales in the UK were up by over 60% on Black Friday 2017.

To see insights on many more countries in EMEA, check out the Black Friday Momentum in Europe Dashboard, and be sure to stop by the Criteo Seasonal Sales Dashboard for data on mobile share, site traffic, and more.

For the full rundown on how to prepare your marketing campaigns from now through 2019, download our Festive Season Report.

Michelle Pruett

As Global Head of Content at Criteo, Michelle leads a high-performing, multi-disciplinary team of marketers packaging insights, copy, design, and video into integrated campaigns. Her own writing has been featured in Entrepreneur, Business Insider, AdWeek, eMarketer, and more. Before joining the ...

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