The both example sentences come from https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/end

Both Governments are working towards brokering a deal before the end of next week.

Many say the two new injections could be made available to the public by end of the year

Why does the former have the definite article 'the' before 'end' while the latter doesn't?

  • To my ear, the second one sounds awkward - if I were leaving out the first article, I'd also leave out the second one as well: "...available to the public by end of year." I also feel that sounds a bit like "business speak." I'd use it in a corporate email, for example. – Canadian Yankee Dec 29 '18 at 0:33

In your example sentences, the use of the article "the" is stylistic, there is no grammatical reason.

There is no difference in meaning between

the end of next week
end of next week

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