89% of public against longer Sunday opening hours

Last year Swarovski generated ?2.34bn in turnover and grew 23%. (GETTY)

New poll shows public would not favour an extension to opening hours.

In a poll commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) 89 percent of adults questioned said that they would oppose any relaxation to Sunday trading laws.

The GfK NOP poll of 1,000 adults also found that 76 percent support existing laws and just 5 percent are in favour of liberalisation of Sunday trading legislation.

The debate is of special importance this year as the all-important Boxing Day sales will fall on a Sunday this year. The ACS poll found that 85 percent of people would still be opposed to any change to the law even on this exceptional Sunday.

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Shopworkers union Usdaw said it has welcomed the findings of the poll. Usdaw general secretary John Hannett said: "These findings show that the public don’t want shops to open longer on a Sunday. Usdaw has always campaigned against any extension to the current Sunday opening hours and this opinion poll shows that the general public agrees with us.”

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