bazaar: Should shops open... earlier?

Expert view: The clocks go forward tonight, giving us an extra hour of daylight in the morning. But can we capitalise on it? Shops seem to be opening later and later, particularly in London. We asked Clive Vaughan, retail consultant with retail analysts Verdict Research, whether they should open earlier.

"In fact most shops open at 8.30am during the week and on Saturdays. They can't open before 10am on Sundays because it's against the law except in certain instances like newsagents. Any town centre first thing in the morning is pretty quiet, people tend not to want to shop first thing in the morning. Shops do tend to open when people want them to, you don't see crowds of people waiting for shops to open, say at 9.15am on a Sunday. John Lewis bowed to public opinion by opening on Saturday afternoons. For people who work, Sunday opening is a big boon, as is late- night shopping. So really they have plenty of opportunity."

Smile calendar, pounds 19.95

You know those annoying people who send you photos of their children on Christmas cards? Well now you can go one better, with a personalised calendar. Simply collect 12 snaps of yourself, your own children, or your dog (not transparencies or negatives) and Smile will make the calendar up. Smile Calendars Ltd, PO Box 365, Guildford, Surrey GU4 8YN (01483 898 000). Add pounds 1.50 for p&p

Woolly bloomers, pounds 4-pounds 20

Do your plants always die? Don't worry, help is at hand in the form of these jolly hand-knitted ones. Choose from an array of poppies, tulips, daffodils or perky cacti to brighten up your home. Not suitable for window boxes though. From Liberty, Regent St, London W1 and Gill Wing, 194-195 Upper Street, N1 or call Woolly Bloomers on 0171-358 9063 for mail order

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