Shops permitted to open late during the Olympics

| July 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

16:36 EST, 23 July 2012

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16:36 EST, 23 July 2012

Britain’s high streets will be given a boost of up to £100million by the suspension of Sunday trading laws for the Olympics, writes John Dunne.

Shops in England and Wales are permitted to open late in a move aimed at giving the retail sector a lift as tourists pour in for the Games.

In London, Oxford Street was booming on Sunday with tens of thousands of extra shoppers hitting the West End to take advantage of the first of eight late opening days.

Getting ready for the Games: John Lewis store in Oxford Street, London

Getting ready for the Games: John Lewis store in Oxford Street, London

An extra £2million went through the tills with fashion outlets seeing
booming trade and footfall was up by 2 per cent when compared with the
previous week.

John Lewis, pictured, had a bumper Sunday as did toy store Hamleys.
Retailers on Oxford Street, Regent Street, and Bond Street are
estimating a combined £20million increase in takings over the eight
weeks of the suspension in which the shops open until 10pm.

Jayce Tyrell of the New West End
Company, which represents the traders, said: ‘We are pleased with the
way the changes started. A lot of tourists have late closing in their
own countries and just expect it.’

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