TRAFFIC congestion fell sharply over the Black Friday weekend as millions of shoppers decided to grab their bargains online instead.
Data from traffic analyst INRIX shows that two huge spikes in congestion at 3pm and 6pm during 2014's Black Friday shopping extravaganza simply failed to materialise this year.
Congestion was down by 18% on Saturday and 14% on Sunday, but most significantly on Sunday afternoon. Again, 2014 saw much greater numbers of cars on the road.
The figures, along with early estimates that put the online retail spend up by 32% for the same period, show that more people are choosing to stay at home and order goods via websites.
In areas around the country's major shopping centres, traffic was down by around 30% year-on-year, says INRIX.
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