A queue in front of a store in Lyon, during the winter sales 2021. -


To compensate for the loss in value of stocks that traders have not been able to sell during the sales, disrupted due to the coronavirus epidemic, the government could announce a device within two weeks, said the Minister for SMEs , Alain Griset, this Tuesday.

"We are going to look, within the framework of the solidarity fund, how to take into account the loss of value of stocks", declared Alain Griset on France Culture.

Help traders reinvest

“The devices are currently under study.

There are several possible schemes.

I think that within a fortnight at most, with [the Minister of the Economy] Bruno Le Maire, we will be able to announce a device adapted to the needs ”, specified the Minister.

"We will look in the next few days at the state of stocks" and make sure that "it does not weigh for the future", so that the traders "can tomorrow reinvest and buy new stock", explained Alain Griset.

Little success for the sales

The winter sales, the launch of which had been postponed at the request of associations of small traders from January 6 to 20, were then extended from February 16 to March 2, but without meeting with great success with customers.

The sales took place while health restrictions were being tightened to fight the Covid-19 epidemic, in particular with the establishment of a curfew at 6 p.m., then the closure of shopping centers over 20,000 square meters.


Even prolonged, the sales did not console the traders


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