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Shops in Greece will be open the Sunday after next

07 July 2014 / 18:07:41  GRReporter
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The Sunday after next, 20 July, shops in Greece will open from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm. In its communication, the association of companies and retailers indicate that both on Sunday and during the seasonal sales from 14 July to 30 August shops will offer customers a wide variety of goods at very attractive and affordable prices.

The price reductions for expensive cosmetic products will be higher due to the extremely low demand, which is the reason for big chains for cosmetic products to make frequent price reductions in the range of 25% to 30% in addition to the various discounts they offer customers all year round.

According to retailers, the reductions in shoe prices will be about 50% and in the prices of clothing from 50% to 70% because of the severe crisis in the sector.

The National Confederation of Greek Commerce urges consumers to follow the motto "Buy within one’s own means", noting that it is obligatory for the two prices of all goods sold at a discount to be indicated and that the indication of the reduction rate is at the shop’s discretion. If the rate is indicated it should be specified that this is the rate of the price reduction (e.g. "50% discount").

After Thessaloniki, the issue on whether shops will open on all Sundays in the year has caused a new round of bickering at the central level. In order to express dissatisfaction with the introduction of Sunday as a working day in Greece President of the National Confederation of Greek Commerce Vassilis Korkidis had withdrawn his participation from all party bodies in New Democracy.

He explains that he stated the reasons for his decision in a letter to Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, adding that the trade associations in Athens, Thessaloniki and many other Greek cities share his position on the issue too.

According to Korkidis, the "obsession" of the government to make Sunday a working day aims to focus the entire trading activity in the hands of 4-5 or more than 10 major companies whereas the other small and medium-sized commercial businesses will close.

"They provide us with two options, namely either to agree to work from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm on Sundays without restrictions or to apply the measure, ostensibly experimentally, in Athens, Piraeus and Thessaloniki, where the Sundays have suddenly become 13 from 7, and from March 2015, the opening hours will be fully exempt from restrictions," said Vassilis Korkidis in an interview with To Vima fm radio.


Tags: EconomyCompaniesShopsRetailersSundayWorking day
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