Sunday trading laws suspended for Olympics

  • Sunday trading laws in England and Wales have been suspended until the end of the Olympics and Paralympics.

    The government has hailed the decision to allow shops to stay open for longer, saying it could help retailers generate tens of millions of pounds in increased profits during London 2012.

    Under current legislation shops larger than 3,000 square feet can open for a maximum of six hours on a Sunday between the hours of 10:00 and 18:00.

    Shop staff will retain the right to opt out of working on a Sunday.