Cinemas to keep malls open

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Shopping centers with cinema multiplexes are expected to remain open, despite legislation in force from March which would force most large retailers to close on Sundays, due to exceptions to the rule, Hungarian economic daily Napi Gazdaság reported today.

Only shopping centers without cinemas, of which there are few in Hungary, are expected to close on Sundays, Judit Balatoni, chief secretary of the Hungarian Shopping Centre Association (MBSZ), told the paper. She added that the new rules allow for exceptions to be made by government decree and, based on the peculiarities of specific shopping centres, such as their role in the local tourism industry, she added.

Shopping centers are expected to stay open longer during the week in order to compensate for hours lost on Sunday Balatoni said. Sales are expected to edge down once the new rules take effect, but the association believes demand will not change in the long term, she added.

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