Croatia to shutter most stores on Sundays

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Croatian lawmakers Tuesday banned most Sunday shopping starting next year, a move backed by the country’s Roman Catholic church and opposed by big chain stores.

The parliament’s decision followed years of political and legal wrangling over how much shopping time Croatian consumers should have. Sunday shopping will still be allowed from June 1 until October 1, the summer tourism season, and on official and church holidays. Shops in gas stations and ports as well as bakeries and flower shops are exempted all year. Croatian stores can currently open from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., including Sundays. The new law takes effect January 1. (m&c.com)

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