Bid for pre-sales discounts prompts dispute

A shopper passes by a number of stores in Thessaloniki as trade slows significantly in anticipation of the summer sales, set to start on July 15. In view of the sluggishness in the market, the Development Ministry this week tabled a motion in Parliament that will allow shops to have special offers even in the run-up to the sales. Current legislation forbids offers during the 30-day period prior to the summer and winter sales. Traders, however, voiced their opposition to the initiative, suggesting it will simply create confusion. The National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) stated yesterday that ‘consumers will not know whether the price at which they buy commodities is low, correct, incorporates a discount or is a special offer.’