INDEPENDENT retailers in Victoria lost up to 70% of their Sunday trade following the deregulation of trading hours in Victoria, Gympie Regional Council heard yesterday.
In discussions on the renewed push for seven-day trading here, Cr Jan Watt said her research also revealed that in Tasmania, where seven-day trading was introduced in 2002, small retailers experienced sales losses of 30-85% on Sundays and a drop in weekly turnover of up to 50%.
The introduction of seven-day trading in Queensland in 2002 saw many independent retailers lose up to 50% of their Sunday trade and 60% of overall sales, she said.
The National Retail Association however says Gympie residents should be able to shop in their own home town on Sundays rather than being forced to travel.
It says market research suggests the majority of consumers support seven-day trading.
"Different trading hours is a cause of unnecessary confusion for travellers and visitors when moving through the south-east Queensland region," it says.