There was satisfactory trade at retail stores in Athens on Sunday, 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.