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Richard Bruton: Laws will give consumers a better deal when shopping for goods and services

Richard Bruton

Published 28/12/2015 | 02:30

A ban on expiry dates for gift cards and vouchers is among a range of new consumer protection measures expected to be agreed by the Government in the coming weeks. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
A ban on expiry dates for gift cards and vouchers is among a range of new consumer protection measures expected to be agreed by the Government in the coming weeks. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Some people will be waking up in these post-Christmas days and looking to give back faulty Christmas gifts.

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Many others will have received gift vouchers and be wondering what their rights are - and many others again will be buying goods and services in the sales over the next few weeks.

All the indications are that this Christmas has been an extremely busy one for shops and businesses, which is very welcome. However, it also means the issue of consumer protection becomes even more important, as increased numbers of retail transactions can mean increased opportunities for consumers' rights to be breached.

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