Trad­ing hours bid

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

CON­SUMERS are open to ex­tended trad­ing hours, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey backed by the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try of WA.

Fifty-nine per cent of those sur­veyed said they were open to longer re­tail trad­ing hours dur­ing the week, while 18 per cent op­posed any change.

Close to one quar­ter (23 per cent) were neu­tral.

There was also strong sup­port for ex­tended hours on Sun­day, with 54 per cent of those sur­veyed say­ing they would like added re­tail hours to shop.

Twenty-eight per cent were op­posed and 18 per cent were neu­tral.

CCI chief ex­ec­u­tive Dei­dre Will­mott said it was clear WA shop­pers wanted re­tail trad­ing hours re­form.

“It’s 2017 – it is high time that Western Aus­tralia’s ar­chaic and bizarre re­tail trad­ing laws were fully dereg­u­lated so con­sumers can choose when they shop and busi­nesses can choose when they open,” she said.

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