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Sunday closure going ahead at Lake Balaton; details of Sunday retail sales unknown

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Retail shops will have to close on Sundays in the Balaton region even during the peak summer season, the Minister of State for Economic Regulation Kristóf Szatmáry told state television channel M1 on Monday according to nol.hu, adding that small shops which are normally allowed to remain open on Sundays will be enough to satisfy tourist demand. 

The association of municipalities of the Balaton region had previously turned to the Ministry of Economic Affairs to amend the law to allow retail shops to open on Sundays during the peak season of Hungary’s most popular summer holiday destination.

Meanwhile, official figures of retail sales based on the recently introduced electronic tills connected to the Hungarian Tax Authority (NAV) remain unknown, and consequently the real impact of the Sunday closures are unknown as well.

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