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Top 3 hot items tipped for Black Friday sales, plus how to stay safe

Though lockdown restrictions have eased, consumers are still wary of large crowds and many people have now become more comfortable with online shopping, says Nelisa Zulu, head of card and payments at Standard Bank.

South Africa 25 November 2021 - 09:10 Shopping centres and malls are expected to become extremely busy over the next few days and weeks, as retailers lure customers with Black Friday and other festive season shopping deals and specials, says the Fidelity Services Group.This year’s Black Friday event, which has become a major highlight on the SA calendar, is expected to bring in higher sales volumes than last year.Groceries — grocery retailers feature as the bank’s most popular stores for spend and will be an area where consumers will part with their money this Black Friday to find the best deals and stock up on essential grocery items ahead of the festive season.Stay safe when going to the malls this Black Friday Shopping centres and malls are expected to become extremely busy over the next few days and weeks, as retailers lure customers with Black Friday and other festive season shopping deals and specials, said the Fidelity Services Group.

Though lockdown restrictions have eased, consumers are still wary of large crowds and many people have now become more comfortable with online shopping, said Zulu, resulting in phenomenal growth for e-commerce.Pre-pandemic, travel contributed by far the most to credit card spend online, however since online travel spend dropped off, grocery stores picked up some of the slack and this resulted in flat growth, said Zulu.

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