Inspectors find 57 Black Friday breaches

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 04-12-2019 14:28:00 · 0 Comments

Portugal’s Food and Economic Safety Authority (ASAE) has begun 57 administrative offence proceedings during an operation to monitor compliance with legal rules on 'Black Friday', which took place on 28 and 29 November

In a statement, the ASAE said that 387 economic operators were inspected both in physical establishments and through online research and 57 administrative offence proceedings were brought.

According to the ASAE, the main offences detected were non-compliance with the rules of the sales announcement with price reduction, non-compliance with the legal rules on promotions and non-compliance with the rules relating to the display of prices, as well as the use of similar expressions for sales announcements with price reduction, the lack of sending a statement of balances and the lack of indication of the beginning and duration of the promotion.

The Black Friday' operation, carried out at national level, took place on 28 and 29 November and aimed to monitor compliance with the legal rules governing the exercise of economic activities, the legal regime applicable to balances, settlements, promotions and price reductions.

The ASAE stated that since this is a common event at this time of year, these monitoring actions aim to verify the conformity of the practice of price reduction by economic operators with the legislation in force and that it will continue to carry out monitoring actions in this area, in favour of the protection of consumers' rights.

Last Monday, Deco - Associação Portuguesa para a Defesa do Consumidor (Portuguese Association for Consumer Protection) announced that it had denounced to the ASAE several irregularities and violations of the law that it detected during Black Friday.

In a statement, Deco said that it found several products that did not respect the law on sales and promotions during Black Friday.

"The seller did not display the new price and the price previously charged or the percentage of the reduction," the association said.

On Tuesday, the Portuguese Trade Confederation (CCP) admitted some violations of the law during Black Friday but rejected a scenario of widespread fraud and criticised that, for half a dozen cases, this promotional initiative is being attacked.


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