Online retail sales in France rose 13% to 22.3 billion euros ($26.10 billion) in the first quarter, said the French E-Commerce Federation, highlighting growth in a sector that has seen Amazon and others make in-roads.
France plans to cut the length of state-regulated discount sales to stoke up flagging enthusiasm among shoppers tempted by myriad bargain-hunting opportunities outside of official sale periods, notably online.
French shoppers plan on average to spend more on online sales this Christmas compared to a year ago, the country’s Commerce Federation (Fevad) said, marking the latest sign of a gradual improvement in the economy.
Online retail sales in France could rise by 11 percent this year to 80 billion euros ($85.85 billion) as people turn to the Internet to shop more often, the French E-Commerce Federation (Fevad) said on Thursday.
France's winter clearance sales have got off to a healthy start, retailers say, with steep discounts bringing back shoppers who had stayed away in December due to fears of militant attacks and unseasonably warm weather.