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Shopping - German style

The article ``Germany's Early Christmas,'' Nov. 25, is the second in a short time that discusses the German ``bevy of regulations'' regarding shopping hours, which choke retailing - something that seems uncomprehensible to an American mind.

Retailing has broken new records each year with exactly the same reduced shopping hours. If this has changed now the reasons lie in the general economic crisis at home and abroad. Second, while there certainly are people who would wish for extended shopping hours in the evenings, no one has ever seriously suggested that we adopt the American way of 24-hour shopping. I would dread sacrificing the quiet of Sunday, which, after all, is still considered in your country to be the Lord's Day. Monika Kurzinger, Munchen, Germany

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