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Report: 2,000 lose jobs following Sunday closures

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By the end of April, 2015, 2,000 people had lost their jobs as a result of a Hungarian law, introduced in March, banning most retail shops from opening on Sundays, according to a report published today by blokkk.com, which cited statistics from KSH.

April was the first full month in which the Sunday-closing law was in effect. When compared with the month of February – the last month when all stores were allowed to open on Sunday – there was a loss of 500 full-time workers, while the retail sector shrank by 2,200 jobs, according to the report by blokkk.com.

Legislation passed in December meant that, as of March 15, larger retailers are not allowed to open on Sundays. Although many opposed the measure, saying that it would lead to job losses, the government claimed that more workers would be needed to work during the increased opening hours expected during the rest of the week.

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