Opinion: Changes to Sunday trading won’t kickstart a retail recovery

James Lowman

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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