Retail & Wholesale

Supermarket giants opposed to new Sunday hours

Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose have become unlikely allies in fighting plans to relax Sunday trading laws. Asda, Morrisons, Lidl, Marks & Spencer, Next, House of Fraser and other chains have welcomed the proposed new rules, which will end regulations that ban larger stores in England and Wales from opening for more than six hours on a Sunday. However, executives at Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose aren't thought to be keen on the move because it would mean fewer customers heading to their convenience stores, where prices are generally higher. Current laws mean that any store below 3,000 sq ft can open for longer on a Sunday, and the supermarkets have taken advantage of this by increasing the number of smaller convenience stores. Sainsbury's opened two new convenience stores a week last year, while Asda and Morrisons have very few convenience outlets.



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