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Government ignores retailers' pleas on Boxing Day trading

Retailers’ hopes that Sunday trading rules would be relaxed for the Boxing Day Sales have been dashed by the Government.

The decision is likely to cost the stores sector at least £50m in lost sales in London’s West End alone.

Stores will only be able to trade for six hours on Boxing Day, the launch date for many retailers’ post-Christmas clearance promotions, the Daily Telegraph reported.

Store chiefs including Arcadia owner Sir Philip Green and Debenhams chief executive Rob Templeman had lobbied for a one-off change and won the support of London mayor Boris Johnson.

Christian groups opposed the idea and the Government turned a deaf ear to retailers’ pleas. In response to a question from the Bishop of Gloucester, business minister in the House of Lords Baroness Wilcox said: “I can confirm that the Government have no plans to change the rules on Sunday trading at the moment.”

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  • Good

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  • Good, Why sould the sales assistants have to come in on Boxing day to work! Its their christmas holidays too!

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  • Thanks goodness.
    How can there be a loss of £50 million by not extending the hours?Surely the stores would only lose money if they had to reduce their opening hours, rather than not have them extended?
    People will still be fighting for a bargain on the 27th.

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  • darren hoggett

    Good. There is always the day after and there is only so much money to go round...

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  • will philip green be working?

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