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 Germany rejects Sunday shopping

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Germany's highest court has upheld the country's restrictive retail opening hours, disappointing consumers hoping to shop on Sundays and public holidays.

The Federal Constitutional Court said the principle of rest on Sundays and public holidays was "sacrosanct."

The decision came as a blow to department store Galeria Kaufhof, which had argued for a relaxation of the law.

It said it was losing out unfairly to small shops in stations and airports, which are exempt from the restrictions.

A spokesman for retail giant Metro, Galeria Kaufhof's owner, said the firm regretted the court's decision.

Hubertus Pellengahr of German retail association HDE said the restrictions on opening hours "make us the laughing stock of the whole world."

"We need to give retailers more freedom to react to what consumers want."


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