Re­tail­ers lodge ap­peal against min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion

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Small andmedium- sized re­tail­ers sub­mit­ted an ap­peal yes­ter­day to the Coun­cil of State against the min­is­te­rial de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the open­ing of stores on Sun­days. The ap­peal was filed by the Na­tional Con­fed­er­a­tion of Greek Com­merce (ESEE) and sev­eral other or­ga­ni­za­tions. They ar­gue that giv­ing stores in cer­tain ar­eas of the coun­try the op­tion of open­ing on all Sun­days be­tween May and Oc­to­ber will not help the re­tail sec­tor. “Stud­ies and of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics have re­peat­edly shown that this does not con­trib­ute to growth or to the cre­ation of new jobs,” said ESEE head Vas­silis Korkidis. He noted that a pre­vi­ous plan to al­low stores to open on Sun­days dur­ing sales pe­ri­ods had yielded limited re­sults. “The flow of busi­ness on the first Sunday of the sales pe­riod was dis­ap­point­ing for most of the mar­ket,” he said. “Its re­sults were prob­a­bly very close to a bad week­day.”

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