Berlin senate votes to allow 24-hour shopping

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10 November 2006, Berlin - Shoppers in Berlin will now be able to shop around the clock from Monday to Saturday, after the city's senate voted to relax restrictions on shop opening hours.

10 November 2006

Berlin - Shoppers in Berlin will now be able to shop around the clock from Monday to Saturday, after the city's senate voted to relax restrictions on shop opening hours.

Berlin's new coalition government, led by the popular mayor Klaus Wowereit, voted Thursday to introduce 24-hour shopping from Monday to Saturday and limited opening hours on certain Sundays. The decision comes just in time for the annual Christmas shopping spree. Shops in Berlin will be allowed to open from 1-8pm on the four Sundays before Christmas.

The way was paved for the decision by recent constitutional changes which now allow German federal states to determine shop opening hours in their states. Previously shop opening hours were stipulated by the federal government.

The new regulations will come into force on 1 December. Other German states are expected to follow suit, with both North-Rhine Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt likely to change their shop opening hour laws before Christmas.

Shops in Germany have traditionally had very restricted opening hours compared to other European countries and the US, largely due to lobbying by churches and trade unions.

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Subject: German news, shopping in Germany, shop opening hours

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