Few issues divide the retail industry and fire up an emotional response like Sunday trading.
Some see any restrictions on trading hours as fundamentally at odds with a free market, others think it’s outrageous that we allow any retailing at all on a Sunday.
I respect both of those views, but I find myself aligned – personally and on behalf of the convenience stores I represent – with the majority of the public who, time after time, tell us that they support the current compromise of allowing six consecutive opening hours on a Sunday.
The latest scores on the doors, from a Populus poll last month, suggest that 58% of the public support the current Sunday trading rules, while the 21% who oppose them are more or less split between the two camps stated above.
So why are we discussing this yet again?
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