Germany plans to lift ban on retailer discounts

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The German Ministry of Justice and Economy will soon repeal the Rabattgesetz law, which only allows retailers to offer discounts of up to 3% during limited sale periods. The law has severely limited the ability of foreign e-tailers to operate in Germany and has held back German online retailers from competing abroad. The Rabattgesetz was one of the first laws passed by the Nazi government, which was keen to protect shopkeepers from competition by larger stores, many of which were owned by Jewish families.

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