August 2016

In an interview with ACROSS, Gastón Gaitán, Manager and Director of theleisureway, explains why leisure is a branding instrument—the identity of the whole shopping center is at stake.

The re-introduction of Sunday business hours for shopping centers in Hungary was announced and introduced unexpectedly and with surprising speed, even quicker than the introduction of the obligatory Sunday shopping ban in March 2015. Why was it so urgent?

The tax on retail sales coming into force on September 1, 2016 will not contribute to the decrease in the number of shopping centers in Poland. The tax will increase the competitiveness of small- and medium-sized businesses in comparison to large entities operating in the commercial sector and will increase the state’s revenues.

Since McDonald’s opened its first UK restaurant in Woolwich in 1974, Europe has had a taste for all things American, fueled in part by the exposure we have to US brands on film or TV. The enthusiasm and success rate for US retailers expanding into Europe is mixed, however.

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