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Garden Centres Lose £5,000 A Day From Outmoded Religiously Sectarian Rules

by | 21st, April 2014

Get thee to a garden cengtre


THE claim is that garden centres lose £5,000 each by being forced to close on Easter Sunday. This is, of course, an intolerable imposition of Christian rules on a country that isn’t in fact very Christian any more.

However, it should be said that their claim doesn’t have quite as much power to it as they seem to think :

Garden centres want rules reviewed which force them to close on Easter Sunday, causing them to lose up to £75m in takings.

The Horticultural Trades Association (HTA) said trading rules, which force shops of more than 3,000 sq ft (280 sq m) to close on Easter Sunday and Christmas Day are old fashioned and should be reviewed, allowing families to enjoy garden centres for longer.

They also said the laws mean garden centres lose out on around £5,500 each by staying shut for the day.

Raoul Curtis-Machin of the HTA told BBC News: “That’s a potential economic boost to the country of up to £75m.”

It’s that economic boost to the country thing there that is wrong. It’s true that if those shops all stayed open and if they all sold £5,000 worth of gear then recorded GDP would change by £75 million. We would have £75 million more GDP recorded in the garden centre sector. However, just because garden centres are open on one extra day7 does not mean

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