Hardly ever on Sundays for store workers

A shopper makes her way through the city center yesterday as street demonstrations continue. A decision by the Development Ministry to allow stores to trade on December 28, the second Sunday for this month, to help offset a drop in trading activity due to recent riots, has been opposed by employees. Worker groups described the measure as breaching the Constitution and have said they will prevent trading with protest action of their own. Retailers, which normally do about 40 percent of their annual turnover around the Christmas period, claim the riots, in combination with dampened consumer sentiment arising from the crisis, has resulted in a sharp drop in turnover reaching up to 90 percent.