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London shop staff support Sunday trading changes

Nearly two-thirds (61%) of retail employees in London’s West End and Knightsbridge are in favour of relaxing Sunday trading laws, according to a poll.

A similar proportion of the 850 store managers, floor and backroom staff surveyed said they would be more likely to support the government’s plans if they could opt out of working on Sundays.

More than seven in 10 agreed that London needs more flexible trading hours to accommodate tourists’ needs (77%) and its residents’ needs (74%).

The findings contrast union and religious leaders’ arguments that allowing larger shops to open for longer than six hours on a Sunday would have a negative impact on staff.

The poll was carried out by research consultancy ComRes on behalf of the New West End Company, which represents businesses in London on prime retail streets including Bond Street, Oxford Street and Regent Street.

ComRes surveyed 850 retail employees working in London via an online survey between December 7 and 14.

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