Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Hon Simon O'Brien MLC

Former Minister for Finance; Commerce; Small Business

    Sunday trading a hit

    25/11/2012 12:00 AM

    • More than 80 per cent of shops open
    • Average of 20,000 visitors at each major shopping centre
    • Sunday becomes busiest shopping day
    It’s official, Sunday trading is a hit after being well and truly welcomed by Western Australian shoppers.

    “Hour for hour, Sunday has become the busiest shopping day of the week,” Commerce Minister Simon O’Brien said.

    “More than 80 per cent of shops are open and the public is voting with its feet in increased numbers.

    “Sunday trading has only been in operation for three months but, on average, 20,000 shoppers are visiting each of the major centres on a Sunday.”

    Figures collated by the Shopping Centre Council of Australia indicate the increase in customer visits has been stronger in Perth than in Brisbane and Adelaide when Sunday trading was introduced in those cities.

    “Importantly, this means jobs for West Australians,” the Minister said.

    “It is estimated 1,000 casual jobs have been created under the Liberal-National Government’s introduction of Sunday trading.

    “It is also important to note sales have not simply been spread over seven days but have increased by between three and six per cent per month.”

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