Sunday trading ban kills local stores

Poland may follow in Hungary’s footsteps in abolishing the Sunday trading ban. The ban introduced two years ago did not have the expected economic impact. Analysis is currently being conducted on the ban’s influence and it may result in an amendment by the Polish parliament.

The number of Poles dissatisfied with the ban has increased to 51 percent, since its extension from January 2019. This is 5 percent more than in the last survey carried out by Maison & Partners for the Union of the Entrepreneurs and Employers (ZPP). 

According to a report published by the organization, the trend of falling local shops has not been reverted by the trade ban. 

Several thousand local stores disappeared in 2018 and their revenues are decreasing

“If we look at the statistics, we can see that local stores are still falling,” Cezary Kaźmierczak, the chairman of ZPP explained. “Several thousand local stores disappeared in 2018 and their revenues are decreasing.” 

The Sejm analysis bureau estimates that the decreases in revenue are between 20 to 30 percent.

PM Mateusz Morawiecki himself stated in an interview that the economic effects of the trade ban have not been what was expected. 

According to existing law in 2019 shops covered by the trading ban are only able to open on one Sunday per month, while in 2020 the ban will affect every Sunday.

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