The winter sales – pushed from their original start date at the beginning of January – had been due to end on Tuesday, February 16th.
However the French finance ministry has announced the extension of the sales period until March 2nd.
The decision “compensates for the impact of the 6pm curfew by allowing customers to spread out their purchases” and comes after a request from retailers, such a spokesman.
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Retailers have reported the sales have been much less busy than usual as customers opt to avoid crowded places.
Also impacting on stores is the closure, from January 31st, of shopping centres and department stores more than 20,000 square metres and the 6pm curfew, which has curtailed the usually busy evening shopping period.
Sales in France are strictly regulated and the summer and winter sales take place on dates set by the government.