Going through two Covid-related lockdowns, French specialty retailers saw their sales decline on average by 18 percent in 2020, although their online turnover jumped by 80 percent for the year, including a growth of 85 percent in December, according to their trade association, Procos. Shoe retailers suffered the biggest losses with sales down by 27.5 percent for the year. At the fashion stores, the rate of decline was limited to 22.7 percent. Sporting goods retailers scored the best sales performance, recording a decline of only 4.5 percent in 2020. They did even better than furniture retailers, whose sales dropped by 8 percent. Sales exploded in December by 25 percent compared to the previous year for both sports and furniture retailers. For shoe and clothing retailers, they only rose by 4.5 percent and 12.7 percent for the month, respectively. Sales were boosted during the first half of December by a postponement of the Black Friday promotions, but the second half was less dynamic. In contrast with some other countries, retailers of non-essential products were allowed to reopen on Nov. 29 and stay open through the month of December, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic. They are generally expected to stay open through the end-of-season clearance sales, the start of which has been delayed to Jan. 20.