Supermarkets to team up with Hungarian Railways

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Hungarian supermarkets are likely to adopt a model already in use in Western Europe to work around a legislation that requires shops to remain closed on Sundays penzcentrum.hu reported yesterday.

According to the finance web portal, Hungarian National Railways operator MÁV is open to the initiative, which involves inviting retailers to set up shop in railway stations in which a different set of rules apply on Sunday closures; larger retail outlets could thereby remain open seven days a week.

The initiative could have a major impact on the Hungarian retail sector and may also help the troubled railway operator, which has one of the largest property portfolios in the country. Spar and Tesco had a reserved yet positive reaction to the plan in their response to a query by penzcentrum.hu.

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