"Sale" is probably one of Singapore's most heavily used words. Always engaged in a never-ending race for more business, the city's uncountable shops and department stores keep on coming up with special offers and promotions every now and again.
English newspapers are probably the best place to search for current sales and promotions. Otherwise, the folks in STB (Singapore Tourism Board) should also know something about promotions and special deals that are currently on, and will also be in a position to tell you about recommended shops.
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Shopping madness is at its height during the months of June and July, when the Great Singapore Sale is held. This annual shopping event is co-organized by the Singapore Tourism Board and many other retail companies, stores and malls to promote the tourism industry in the country.
During this period, Singapore's shops come up with all sorts of irresistible deals and offers, including a wide variety of privileges, specially created for tourists to enjoy the range of exclusive lifestyle promotions. Quite a few shops and malls stay open till late during the "Great sale" (as late as midnight), shopping malls offer themed activities and entertainment to their visitors and restaurants too, have special dining offers and food promotions.
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Tourists can also apply for a Tourist Privilege Card in any Singapore Visitor Centre to enjoy special discounts on a range of products: Fashion apparel, accessories, jewellery, watches, electronic goods, cosmetics and fragrances, children toys, Singapore souvenirs and what not... The card also renders discounts to local attractions, such as Singapore DUCKtours and the Singapore Zoo.
For more details, visit the website of the Great Singapore Sale
As Expected, the periods before Christmas and the Chinese New Year holiday are also considered as "hot-sale seasons".
Two other international retail festivals worth knowing about are: the Singapore Fashion Festival (normally held around March) and the Singapore JewelFest (normally held around October/November)