ATHENS – Good weather, payday and the looming start of the holiday season made Sunday store openings a hit in Greece on Nov. 2, retailers said, but not everywhere.
There was satisfactory trade, according to Vassilis Korkidis, the head of the Hellenic Confederation of Commerce and Entrepreneurship (ESEE).
The stores opened on Sunday as part of the interim winter sales period and, according to Korkidis, the good weather and the fact that the date fell just after Greeks had received their wages and pensions helped some stores achieve decent sales.
Retail traders in Thessaloniki said that business was not as good in the northern city. One protester suffered minor injuries when riot police moved in to push a group demonstrating against Sunday opening away from a store entrance.
Earlier a shopper came to blows with protesters when they prevented him from entering the shop. Some workers, critics and the Church are opposed to letting stores open on Sundays, although they have no problem with restaurants and bars staying open.
Greece is being pushed by its international lenders, the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) for the Sunday openings among other market reforms to make the country more competitive.