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Retailers may take common decision to close early on Sundays

Hungarian retailers could take a uniform decision to voluntarily close earlier on Sundays, provided shoppers accept the move, which would benefit some businesses, pro-government daily Magyar Nemzet reported on its website. 

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The paper noted that the government "flatly refuses" to legally restrict shop opening hours on Sundays. In late 2014, it had passed legislation banning Sunday shopping, which went into effect on March 15, 2015, but revoked it after a year after the measure proved deeply unpopular. Nevertheless, it said that retailers could adopt a common decision on Sunday hours as a matter of business strategy.

Magyar Nemzet said industry insiders concede that keeping stores open from 6 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Sundays is problematic from a business perspective because of the ongoing labor shortage.