Retail arms race coming to a head

Is it only a matter of time before liberalised shopping hours, which came into effect on October 1 last year, lead to widespread changes in the retail landscape.

The repeal of laws requiring large retailers to close on Sundays and holidays has meant higher expenses and before long, stores without the financial resources will either need to cut back on their hours or close entirely.

“This is a battle of capital. Whoever holds out the longest wins,” said Mogens Bjerre, of the Copenhagen Business School.

After the restrictions were dropped, retailers expanded their opening hours by as much as 20 percent, but those hours are typically more expensive to remain open, due to requirements that employees be paid extra on Sundays and holidays. 

Erhverv & Økonomi

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