French Govt Seeks to Delay Black Friday to December 4th Amid Lockdown

French Govt Seeks to Delay Black Friday to December 4th Amid Lockdown


(AP) — Amazon’s director in France floated the possibility Friday of postponing its Black Friday discount shopping promotion by a week amid broad concerns that French shops shuttered by the nation’s coronavirus lockdown are haemorrhaging business and could be hurt further if they miss out on the consumer splurge.

Mindful of the economic suffering felt by real-world storeowners but also of the health risks of prematurely easing the virus lockdown, the government was working to broker a deal to delay Black Friday until shuttered shops have been allowed to reopen, so they can also profit from consumer spending on cut-price goods ahead of Christmas.

France’s economy minister, Bruno Le Maire, was working to get agreement from the e-commerce sector and supermarket chains to delay “Black Friday” by a week to Dec. 4, by which time real-world stores might have emerged from lockdown.

Le Maire’s ministry said supermarket operators and e-commerce

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