Bargains galore in Almeria shops

SUMMER sales are in full swing and shop-owners expect takings to increase by at least five per cent.
Dozens of shops in Almeria Province, particularly the big fashion chains, started their reductions days ago, although 70 per cent of businesses have waited until July 1.
“Force of habit means that you don’t get the crowds until then, as people don’t feel as though the sales have really started,” one sales assistant said.
Sale time is also the moment when trading standards inspectors start doing the rounds to ensure that consumer regulations are observed.
One of the most common offences is omitting to put the original and the sales price on labels, trading sources said. Not indicating the duration of the sales period, selling articles stocked for less than a month previously or not reducing the price of at least half of the stock on show can also land businesses in hot water.

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