Ipsos: Hungarians oppose Sunday closings

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Some 68% of adults in Hungary are against the Sunday closing law, which came into effect on March 15, and restricts retailers over 400 sqm from opening on Sundays, a representative survey published by researcher Ipsos last Friday reveals.

In the fall, Ipsos repeated the survey it had carried out before the law took effect, and the ratio of those opposed to Sunday closing remained 68%. Prior to the introduction of the law, however, 31% believed that their weekend shopping routines would change; now 51% believed that their routines over the weekend have changed, according to Ipsos.

Before the introduction of the law, some 53% believed that shopping would become more difficult once the law was passed. Currently 63% believe that it has become more difficult, Ipsos reported.

Out of those who were used to doing their shopping on Sundays, 71% try to shop on other days, while 18% still shop on Sundays in shops smaller than 400 sqm, and 6% opt for markets, Ipsos said.

Only 10% of adults feel that the retail market has been able to adapt to the new law and would accept more opportunities to shop, while 64% feel nothing has change,d and 27% feel that conditions have worsened since March 15.

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