German retailers plead for Sunday opening

German retailers plead for Sunday opening
Shutterstock.com

Representatives from German department store groups have launched a common initiative in favour of Sunday openings. They demand a level playing field between offline and online retailers.

Loss of revenue

In recent years, German authorities have limited Sunday opening permissions to four Sundays a year, causing significant loss of revenue for retailers. At a press conference in Cologne, representatives of department store groups Galeria Kaufhof, Karstadt and KaDeWe Group have now pleaded for permission to open freely on Sundays.

 

According to the chains, an extension of opening hours is no less than a necessity for large stores in city centres, in order to be able to compete with online retailers, border shops and travel retailers. There is also the argument that the many tourists visiting German cities are left in front of closed doors on Sundays.

 

The retailers are not asking to open 52 Sundays a year, but would like to be free to decide for themselves when and where Sunday openings would be useful. The aim is to initiate a broad discussion on the subject. The department store operators fear store closures, job losses and city centre depletion if the existing strict regulation on Sunday opening hours is maintained.  

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Gerelateerde items

Facebook launches its Marketplace in Europe

16/08/2017

In October 2016, Facebook launched a marketplace for used items in several countries, including the United Kingdom and the United States. That marketplace is now also coming to Belgium, the Netherlands and fifteen other European countries.

AS Adventure acquires German McTrek

14/08/2017

Belgian outdoor chain AS Adventure has acquired its German competitor McTrek. The acquisition opens up the largest European outdoor market for the Belgians, thanks to McTrek’s 39 stores and web shop.

American department store chains continue to struggle

11/08/2017

Several American department store chains continue to underperform. Both Macy’s and Kohl’s experienced turnover slumps compared to the previous year, even though they both managed to beat analysts’ expectations.

Amazon wants to compete with Ticketmaster

11/08/2017

Amazon is in talks with American event location owners to see whether it could sell tickets for their events on its web shop.

Record turnover for Henkel

10/08/2017

German Henkel has had a record second quarter, when turnover reached nearly 5.1 billion euro. For the first time ever, its six-month turnover surpassed the 10 billion euro milestone, thanks to its acquisition of laundry detergent company Sun.

Lion Capital once again wants to sell Hema

08/08/2017

Lion Capital has approached business bank Credit Suisse to look into “strategic options” for Hema, which basically means it has to find an interested buyer for the Dutch store chain.

Back to top