Retail & Wholesale

Shop all day on Sundays in trading shake-up

George Osborne is to sweep away rules that prevent larger stores from serving customers for more than six consecutive hours on a Sunday. In tomorrow's budget, the chancellor will present a timetable that could mean larger supermarkets and department stores are freed from Sunday trading restrictions as soon as next year. Large stores will remain closed on Easter Day and Christmas Day. Under the proposal, opening times would be devolved to elected mayors and councils. Osborne has been persuaded to liberalise the laws by evidence that it would boost the economy. A suspension of rules during eight weeks around the London Olympics brought a sales surge of 3.2% in September 2012. The Treasury has also been influenced by research suggesting that extending Sunday shopping by two hours in London would create 3,000 jobs and extra income of £200m a year.


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