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Alibaba Singles Day sales frenzy surpasses records

The Chinese company hit a record $1bn in sales in 85 seconds, and then just shy of $10bn in the first hour of the 24-hour spree.

Alibaba also beat its 2017 revenue total, $25.3bn, with several hours still remaining.

Online discounts have been offered on 11 November, Alibaba's informal holiday for singles, since 2009.

The shopping festival is projected to hit over $32bn this year, according to a report by the global app market data provider App Annie.

Adele's album 25 officially sells 3.38million copies in its first week

According to Billboard, Nielson Music announced the staggering - and record-breaking - amount on Saturday, one week and one day after the album's release. 

The superstar's third studio album is responsible for the most sales in one week of a particular record since the Nielson agency started keeping track of point-of-sale album purchases in 1991. 

Earlier in the week, Adele thundered by the previous record holder, boy band NSYNC.