Winter sales to start on January 8 in Greece

The winter sales in Greece will begin on January 8 and last until February 28, with shops staying open on the first Sunday of the sales period on January 14. According to an announcement by the Thessaloniki Merchants’ Association, the proposed hours for Sunday opening are 11:00-18:00.

The association also warned shopkeepers to be careful when displaying the discounts offered on goods and services, ensuring that the information given is accurate, since mistakes can carry heavy penalties. In addition to displaying the original and discount prices of items on sale, retailers are also allowed to display the percentage discount offered.

If there is a discount on more than 60 percent of the goods on sale then it is mandatory to show the percentage discount given, which must be displayed in the shop window and all other commercial communication. If there are different percentage discounts for goods on sale, the range of the discounts offered must be displayed. Otherwise, signs must indicate that the sales concern selected items, citing the corresponding percentage discount.