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Traders: closed supermarkets on Sundays would discourage tax inflow

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Proposals on closed supermarkets on Sundays, that way supporting local traders and small shops, have provoked many discussions. Some traders get up to a half of their turnover at weekends and they warn if the suggestion was implemented, the state would lose revenue derived from tax, as well as the number of the unemployed would grow.

It is absurd to think that this would increase local traders goods turnover, Latvian Traders Association President Henriks Danusēvičs informs the newspaper Neatkarīgā. Goods produced in Latvia form 80% on average of the sales at supermarkets, closing supermarkets would achieve the opposite of what is intended.

SIA Rimi Latvia Marketing and Public Relations Manager Zane Eniņa agrees, pointing out such proposals limiting business operations contradict free market economy principles, nor would consumers benefit from that. Moreover it would definitely not encourage tax inflow to the state budget as well.

While Swedbank senior economist Lija Strašuna explains currently it is difficult to say how exactly limiting supermarkets working hours would affect the retail turnover, respectively, also revenue derived from tax, «It might be such step would slightly limit them, but it depends on people’s behaviour and priorities, the question is how crucial time and money saving provided by many shops located at one place is for them,» she says. It is clear the key factor determining retail turnover will be domestic consumption, including households financial situations, the economist explains. She stresses in several European states, for example, in Denmark, shops are closed at weekends, yet is a matter of labour law, not support to local traders.


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  1. P/L says:

    For example, I personally wouldn’t like my favourite supermarket to be closed on Sundays, actually, that’s when I do all my shopping. I don’t have time at weekdays. Francly, I don’t care much about local traders with their yeah “good countryside quality” (which I doubt) and prices in heaven.

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