Figures released by Government as part of a consultation on changes to Sunday Trading regulations have been dismissed as out of date and misleading, by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS).

ACS chief executive James Lowman said: "Every figure that the Government has put forward to justify the case for changing Sunday Trading regulations is significantly flawed.

"Half of the evidence that they have used is from a decade ago when the retail market was markedly different, and the other half has been misinterpreted beyond recognition."