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Retailers demand longer Sunday trading hours

West end retailers including Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges have asked MPs to vote for longer opening hours on a Sunday.

Fourteen companies located in Knightsbridge said extending closing times from 6pm to 8pm would create 2,000 more jobs and £260m of extra sales in those areas, according to The Sunday Times.

The call comes after Prime Minister David Cameron said it was “time to modernise our approach to give families more choice”. Under plans first revealed in the July budget, the government wants to hand new powers to local councils in England and Wales to relax rules that currently restrict the number of hours large stores can open on Sundays.

However Sainsbury’s chief executive Mike Coupe said the current laws are a “happy compromise”.He told The Guardian the proposed laws “are open to interpretation and open to abuse. There’s a lot of complexity in the way it’s being framed,” he added.

Readers' comments (1)

  • More turnover is debatable because all you are dong is taking the same money over a longer timeframe so therefore less profit.

    With Online sales growing as they are, do we really need to open longer hours???

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