View from City Road: Small impact of Sunday shopping
Friday 10 December 1993
However, Sunday opening probably affects the pattern of spending and shopping. Sheer convenience may lead to some shift towards items available on Sunday (such as food and drink) from big ticket consumer items like holidays or fitted kitchens.
Clothing and footwear may also lose out. Because labour is more expensive on Sundays, the shops that open tend to be big general supermarkets where the labour cost per sale is low. Labour-intensive specialist shops will not find opening worthwhile. By encouraging the big supermarkets, Sunday opening may also tend to reduce overall shopping costs a little.
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