This isn’t the first time the Sunday trading laws have been relaxed, back in April 2012, the Sunday Trading (London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) Act was passed. This allowed for the temporary suspension of the current rules on Sunday Trading for large stores in England and Wales for eight consecutive Sundays during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Government indicated that it was treating the temporary suspension as an experiment with a view to quantifying the economic benefits.
DWF commissioned IRN Research and YouGov to conduct a survey of 2,045 consumers, we then produced a report exploring the specific issues around Sunday trading and multi-channel shopping. We found that very few adults (16%) wanted a complete ban on Sunday trading and around one-in-four wanted a complete free-for-all approach - that leaves a large proportion of consumers who seemed to favour restricted Sunday trading.
After the Olympic shopping Sunday trading hours experiment, we asked shoppers ‘Have you shopped outside of the usual, pre-Olympic trading hours on a Sunday?’. Here’s what they said, and also their views on the potentially permanent relaxation of the law:
It will be interesting to see what the new legislation will bring and how councils will balance economic benefits for small ‘vs’ large retailers, and public opinion for and against the extension of shopping hours on Sundays. Follow us on twitter @DWF_RetailLaw or sign up for our weekly regulatory round-ups to keep up to date on the latest developments.