Relaxing Sunday trading laws could have a negative impact on
small convenience stores that rely on trade when the larger stores are closed, the Department of Trade and Industry's cost-benefit analysis into Sunday trading laws has revealed.

The eagerly-awaited independent analysis, published this morning and carried out by consultancy Indepen, found that although extending trading hours on a Sunday would benefit larger stores, smaller convenience stores that rely on out-of-hours trading could feel the brunt of any extension.

However, the analysis also found that smaller stores on high streets or in shopping centres that generate trade from customers shopping at larger stores could benefit from longer opening hours.