Sunday shopping forever?

Hina Khan, Fraser McLeay, Paul Bentham

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


In the US, most large retail stores are open on Sundays. However, in many other parts of the world, countries, provinces, states and municipalities continue to regulate Sunday opening hours and there is an on-going lively debate on Sunday trading. In Europe most stores in Austria, Belgium and Norway are closed on Sundays, however in England, Hungary, Portugal and Ireland they are open. In general, there is a growing trend towards deregulation, however exceptions remain and regulations are continually changing. In 2009, France relaxed Sunday trading laws (Samuel 2009) while Germany's Constitutional Court upheld a complaint made by the country's Catholic and Protestant churches. The court ruled that from 2010 German retailers must close on Sundays which should be protected as a day of rest from work and for ‘spiritual elevation’ (Dowling 2009). Europe’s Sunday shopping laws have been described as a ‘conundrum’ with Slovenia enforcing tighter restrictions on Sunday trading at the same time that the Croatian government overturned Sunday trading bans after protests by retailers (Faithful 2006).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Academy of Marketing Conference 2011: Marketing Fields Forever
EditorsAnthony Patterson, S. Oakes, Ahmad Daryanto, Peter Hampsons
Place of PublicationLiverpool, UK
PublisherAcademy of Marketing
ISBN (Print)978-0956112234
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
EventProceedings of the Academy of Marketing Conference 2011: Marketing Field Forever -
Duration: 1 Jul 2011 → …


ConferenceProceedings of the Academy of Marketing Conference 2011: Marketing Field Forever
Period1/07/11 → …
Internet address


Dive into the research topics of 'Sunday shopping forever?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this