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Posted: 2017-11-03 06:10:56

Perth retailers will open their doors for extended trading hours over the Christmas period, after years of campaigning by both retailers and shoppers.

Extended trading hours will begin on December 5 and finish up on New Year's Day, and the new prescribed hours are good news for early birds wanting to get their Christmas shopping out of the way.

The State Government approved changes will see most Perth metropolitan general retail shops open between 7am and 9pm on weekdays, rather than its existing hours of 8am and 9pm.

One of the biggest changes will see Sunday trading hours significantly lengthened from 11am to 5pm to between 8am and 6pm.

Commerce and Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said the extended hours would be welcome news for retailers as it would hopefully encourage shoppers to spend their Christmas cash at traditional outlets rather than head to online shops.

"The McGowan Government wants consumers and major Perth retailers to take full advantage of Christmas and post-Christmas shopping this year," he said.

"All up, Perth shoppers will benefit from an extra 49 hours to buy gifts and food over the holiday period.

"We support local businesses and workers, which is why some of the restrictions will allow staff to take time off and enjoy the Christmas festivities.

"I urge all Western Australians to support our community and protect local jobs by buying your Christmas presents from local retailers who need your business."

Mr Johnston clarified the hours were unlikely to apply to larger retail shops on Christmas Day.

According to the Shopping Centre Council of Australia, there were over five million customer visits across some of Perth's major shopping centres in the 2016 Christmas trading period. 

Some of the busiest days for Perth retailers was from December 21 through to 24. 

SCCA executive director Angus Nardi said the group was hopeful the extended hours were a sign of things to come.

"Minister Bill Johnston's announcement of extended hours is welcome news for shopping centre customers and retailers", he said.

"Extended trading provides people more choice to shop and socialise, and retailers more flexibility to meet customer demand, during the busy Christmas trading period."

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