Flemish public back extra Sunday shopping

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2 May 2006, BRUSSELS — In contrast to continued opposition from the retail sector, six out of 10 Flemish residents are in favour of increased Sunday trading.

2 May 2006

BRUSSELS — In contrast to continued opposition from the retail sector, six out of 10 Flemish residents are in favour of increased Sunday trading.

The survey was carried out on commission from State Secretary Vincent Van Quickenborne.

The Liberal VLD minister said the results confirm that the public backs the federal government's plans to increase the annual number of Sunday trading days from three to nine.

Up until now Van Quickenborne, said it had mostly been the opinion of the retail sector that had attracted media publicity.

But he said a majority of consumers would support an increase in Sunday trading days. "This is no revolution, it is evolution," he said.

However, trade unions remain opposed to the plans, claiming that the public has sufficient opportunities to go shopping.

Small business owners who can already trade on a Sunday could also be at threat if large retail stores open their doors also.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

Subject: Belgian news

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