I have pontificated on this subject several times in the past but that does not deter me from repeating my views:
- The Sunday Trading Act was introduced to satisfy large supermarket companies and was never justified.
- The experience during the Olympics in 2012 when a temporary relaxation of the regulations was introduced proved there is no demand for extended hours on Sunday from shoppers.
- Shoppers are turning away from large supermarket expeditions in favour of smaller and more frequent purchasing.
- This has been reflected in company performance - Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury, Morrisons and Coop have all lost market share over the last three years.
- Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl have all gained market share. Aldi has even overtaken Waitrose.
- Shoppers are not starving because of the shorter trading hours on Sunday: 20% of all food purchased in the UK is discarded.
- Life is hectic enough and I think we should have one day in the week for relaxation and contemplation.
- One in three of our supermarket bills is incorrect. This is almost always a difference between shelf prices and tills. Tesco are the worst. All supermarkets need to improve their service.
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