Eager shoppers latched onto ‘Black Friday’

Like Halloween and Valentine’s Day, another North American tradition called “Black Friday” has become popular in Norway, much to the despair of critics. Thousands of Norwegians stood in lines and even camped outside shopping centers, to cash in Friday on what they believed to be huge discounts on selected merchandise. The fourth Friday in November […]

Objections rise to Sunday shopping

These government ministers (from left: Monica Mæland, Thorhild Widvey and Robert Eriksson) all want to let Norwegians go shopping on Sundays if they want to. Labour, business and political organizations are working hard to block such market liberalization. PHOTO: Næringsdepartementet

The Norwegian government’s proposal to allow all retailers to open for business on Sunday has met massive opposition. “No one wants this,” claims Trine Lise Sundnes, leader of a major union representing retail employees, while opposition parties are trying to block the measure in Parliament. Sundnes, leader of the labour organization Handel og Kontor, told news […]

Sunday openings ‘shock’ critics

Store aisles may be filled with customers on Sunday, if the government gets its way. PHOTO: newsinenglish.no

Norway’s conservative government wants stores to be able to open on Sundays if they choose to do so, but its proposal presented on Friday was blasted by both labour and business organizations. They expressed “shock” and “disappointment” over the proposed law to allow Sunday openings, even though it would give consumers more choice. “We are both disappointed […]

Kids’ clothes contained chemicals

The Norwegian Consumer Council found every third item of children's clothing tested from popular Scandinavian clothing brands contained endocrine-disrupting chemicals. The chain stores said the levels returned were below what's deemed acceptable, but the council argued even a small amount of the substances could be very harmful. PHOTO:  Forbrukerrådet

Testing conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council (Forbrukerrådet) found endocrine-disrupting chemicals in children’s clothes from major Scandinavian clothing chains Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), Cubus and Kappahl. The study found potentially harmful chemicals in every third item of clothing tested. The testing was done ahead of a seminar on protecting consumers against toxic substances, to be […]

Holiday shopping set new record

Christmas shopping just hasn't really taken off yet in Norway, with retails sales in Oslo running 1.8 percent behind last year at this time. PHOTO: Views and News

A consumer study done shortly before the Christmas holiday shopping season began found that many Norwegians had no specific gift wishes. More than NOK 50 billion worth of gifts ended up under Norwegian Christmas trees, though, setting a new record once again. The study, carried out by marketing analysis firm YouGov, found that fully 8 […]

Many stores ready to open on Sundays

With a new Conservatives-led government promising more individual freedom and market liberalization in Norway, the country’s biggest grocery chains say they’re gearing up to open for business on Sundays. State law has, until now, banned store openings on Sundays except for those under 100 square meters in size and located new transit hubs and tourist […]

More stores may open on Sundays

Norway’s Labour Party is clearing the way for a re-evaluation of the country’s laws restricting opening times for retail stores. Since Labour leads the government coalition that still has a majority in Parliament, where some opposition parties already support retail liberalization, residents of Norway may soon be able to shop on Sundays in more and […]

Shoppers spend more than planned

This little group was recently spotted on Oslo's main boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, during the holiday shopping season. PHOTO: John Smith, for Views and News

Norwegians usually end up spending more money on Christmas gifts than they had planned, despite signs of caution earlier this month. A new study shows they’ll spend an average of NOK 7,000 (nearly USD 1,300) this year. Fresh statistics show that Norwegian retailers finally started seeing a Christmas shopping rush over the weekend, after a […]