France plans to cut the length of state-regulated discount sales to stoke up flagging enthusiasm among shoppers tempted by myriad bargain-hunting opportunities outside of official sale periods, notably online.
French shoppers plan on average to spend more on online sales this Christmas compared to a year ago, the country’s Commerce Federation (Fevad) said, marking the latest sign of a gradual improvement in the economy.
Online retail sales in France could rise by 11 percent this year to 80 billion euros ($85.85 billion) as people turn to the Internet to shop more often, the French E-Commerce Federation (Fevad) said on Thursday.
France's winter clearance sales have got off to a healthy start, retailers say, with steep discounts bringing back shoppers who had stayed away in December due to fears of militant attacks and unseasonably warm weather.
French retailers have been dismayed by the first week of the summer sales season, with revenues seen down 5 percent on the year in a period that is crucial for a sector battling growing economic gloom.