THE summer sale frenzy is already upon us, and until September 15 businesses based in Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria are permitted to choose their own opening hours, with many choosing to trade seven days per week.
While businesses covering less than 300 square metres have this privilege throughout the year, the summer schedule primarily benefits larger shopping centres, while supermarkets are also likely to remain open throughout the weekend.
Businesses based in Malaga City will have to wait until August to enjoy the same independence, however, since the Andalucian authorities are mostly concerned with the tourist euro, and even then the open timetable will be restricted to a specific zone of the old centre, rather than applying to the entire municipality as on the Costa.
The loosening of trading laws coincides with a period during which business owners will hope to recoup some cash after a slow start to the year, and forecasts suggest that this year will be positive, with a projected 3-4 per cent increase on 2015.
Those taking advantage of the reduced prices and Sunday trading should note that customer rights remain the same as at other times of the year, thus items can still be returned and shops must offer the same methods of payment as normal.