Retail chief unimpressed by results of Sunday opening

The head of the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE), Vassilis Korkidis, described as largely disappointing the results of stores in major cities opening on Sunday for the start of the summer sales.

“Trade in Athens was mediocre, in Thessaloniki it was probably satisfactory, while in Piraeus it was disappointing,” he said. “Apart from the malls and discount villages, the winners on Sunday were stores in Larissa and Patra, which remained closed.”

Korkidis, however, noted that the summer sales were only at the start and that trade may pick up over the next few weeks.

Many stores in Athens and Thessaloniki opened for a second Sunday in a row as they also welcomed customers at the end of the previous week after the government passed a law allowing shops in 10 parts of the country to open every Sunday.