Retail sales

Last updated: 23/02/2023


Are considered to be sales: retail sales which were advertised before the sale took place or during the sale and which were publicised as aiming to dispose of all or part of a merchandise inventory at an accelerated rate.

Sales can only involve merchandise which has been paid for and available for purchase for at least a month, counting from the start date of the sales period in question.



Sales can only take place for two periods per calendar year, each of which should last a maximum of two months. The dates (specified hereafter) of these sales will be established by ministerial decree:

  • From January 2nd to February 15th and from July 1st to August 15th of each year for all business categories, except businesses selling sports’ goods
  • From February 15th to March 31th and July 1st to August 15th of each year for businesses selling sports’ goods