Winter sales 2016

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In Belgium, a trader can only sell products under the name 'sales' ('solden' in Dutch, 'soldes' in French) twice a year. Both periods of sales are determined by law. The first period begins on Saturday 2 January and ends on 31 January 2016.

Those sales are the seasonal renewal of the range of the trader. This is done through an accelerated selling at lower product prices.

Waiting period before sales

Before the start of the sales there is a waiting period: from 3 December to 2 January. During this waiting period, it is legally prohibited by law to have sales in the clothing, footwear and leather sector.

The winter sales take place from 3 to 31 January. If 3 January (as in 2016) or 1 July fall on a Sunday, the bargains may start the day before.

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Practical information

Economic Affairs Entity
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1000 Brussels

Tel. : 02 279 22 60
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