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Report: Traffic, staff numbers rise in retail since Sunday openings

Analysis

jessica fejos

Unofficial trends show that, since the mid-April repeal of legislation restricting retailers from opening on Sundays, traffic in stores and the number of people working in the sector’s big retailers grew, daily Magyar Nemzet reported. Nevertheless, according to the report, customers are happy to shop any day of the week.

Although the report cautioned that not enough time has passed to make a definitive judgement, it said that positive trends show the repeal of the Sunday closings law had beneficial effects on purchases. 

Lacking official statistics, the paper asked retail chains to comment on the changes in recent weeks, and drew conclusions based on the answers from Tesco, Spar, Aldi and another unnamed retailer.

When introducing the Sunday closings law around the beginning of last year, the Hungarian government insisted that both the number of workers and customers will grow in the sector if retailers are required to stay closed on Sundays, while retailers, fearing revenue losses, opposed the introduction of the measure on March 15, 2015.

The law was withdrawn by request of the government on April 12, after the opposition Socialists obtained permission to hold a referendum against the measure.

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