M&S lobbying UK government for extended trading hours in December

FILE PHOTO: People are seen outside a Marks and Spencer (M&S) store, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Altrincham, Britain August 27, 2020. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

LONDON (Reuters) - British retailer Marks & Spencer MKS.L is lobbying the UK government for store trading hours on Sundays to be extended in December to help make up for lost trade in November's COVID-19 lockdown, its boss said on Wednesday.

“We are lobbying quite hard with the rest of the industry for the extension and de-regulation of some Sunday hours, particularly as we get closer to Christmas,” Chief Executive Steve Rowe told reporters.

On Tuesday clothing retailer Primark ABF.L also called for December hours to be extended.

Reporting by James Davey; Editing by Alistair Smout