Budapest, November 3 (MTI) – The Hungarian Association of Shopping Centres (MBSZ) warned on Monday that a proposal to restrict retailers’ opening times on Sundays would have serious consequences.
KDNP, a member of the governing alliance, said on Friday that an initiative to prohibit all but family-owned retailers from doing businesses on Sundays, was “in line with the expectations of most people, both on the part of employees and consumers”.
MBSZ said in a statement such restrictions would force businesses to lay off at least 35,000 people, while cutting sales and revenue from sales tax.
Catering businesses would be especially hard hit, it added.
MBSZ said applying the restriction only to businesses bigger than 400sqm was discriminative.