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Business association warns against Sunday closures

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The Hungarian Association of Shopping Centres (MBSZ) warned that the government's recent proposal to restrict retailers' opening times on Sunday would have serious consequences, Hungarian news agency MTI reported today.

KDNP, a member of the governing alliance, said on Friday that an initiative to prohibit all but family-owned retailers from doing businesses on Sundays, was "in line with the expectations of most people, both on the part of employees and consumers".

According to MBSZ such restrictions would force businesses to lay off a total of 35,000 people, while also cutting sales and revenue; a concern that would be further aggravated by the increased sales tax proposed for 2015. Catering businesses would be particularly hard hit. MBSZ added that applying the restriction only to businesses larger than 400 sqm was also discriminatory.

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