The winter sales will begin on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 and end on Tuesday, February 19, 2019. However, special dates are applied to certain border and overseas departments (except in Martinique and Mayotte where the sales take place on the same dates as in mainland France).
Article D310-15-2 du code de commerce sets the general date for the start of sales. The winter sales start on the second Wednesday of January, at 8am. (This date is brought forward to the first Wednesday of the month when the second Wednesday occurs after the 12th of the month.)
The following departments in metropolitan France have different sales dates – Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Moselle and Vosges where the winter sales begin on Wednesday 2 January 2019 and end on Tuesday 12 February 2019.
In the overseas territories of France, the dates of the winter sales are as follows:
- French Guiana, from Wednesday 2 January 2019 to Tuesday 12 February 2019;
- Guadeloupe, from Saturday 5 January 2019 to Friday 15 February 2019;
- Saint Pierre and Miquelon from Wednesday 16 January 2019 to Tuesday 26 February 2019;
- Saint-Barthélémy and Saint-Martin from Saturday 4 May 2019 to Friday 14 June 2019.
In the Reunion, the next sales will be the summer sales that will take place from Saturday, February 2, 2019 to Friday, March 15, 2019.
Conditions concerning sales
Sale items must have been offered for sale at retail price for at least 1 month before the beginning of the sales.
The distinction between discounted and non discounted items in the store must be clearly visible to consumers.
In the event of a hidden defect, the seller is obliged to replace the item or refund it. If there are no hidden defects, the merchant is not legally required to exchange or refund.