A pre-Christmas $700 million shopping spree by West Australians over the Black Friday-Cyber Monday spendathon — and an expected $5.1 billion spend over the festive season — has prompted new calls for longer shopping hours in Perth. The National Retail Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA are calling on WA Premier Roger Cook to change his mind trading hours restrictions in Perth, saying new figures show people still enjoy “bricks and mortar” shopping. It comes as CCIWA, in its pre-budget submission to the government, recommends increasing shopping hours in the Perth CBD — starting with a 9am start on Sundays, instead of 11am. It also argues shops should stay open till 9pm on a Saturday, instead of shutting at 5pm. “While Black Friday and Cyber Monday popularity was visible both in-store and online, the sales weekend experienced a significant surge in in-person shopping,” Acting NRA CEO Rob Godwin. “Ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend we were projecting sales of close to $700 million for Western Australia. “While official sales data will not come through for some time, feedback from our WA members indicates that this figure should easily be reached or even exceeded.” Mr Godwin said the time was right to re-visit the long-standing trading hours debate in WA. “The National Retail Association believes it is time the WA trading hours laws were reviewed to bring them into line with modern consumer behaviour,” he said. So far the Cook Government has refused to budge on more shopping hours in Perth in the wake of strong opposition from the powerful shop assistants’ union. “Perth has the potential to become a global city with our close proximity to Asia and growing economy, yet our retail trading hours are stuck in the last century,” CCIWA chief economist Aaron Morey said. New data from CCIWA’s quarterly confidence report shows that despite rising interest rates and cost of living hikes, West Australians are preparing to shop big this festive season. A survey of 930 households conducted for CCIWA in November, shows West Australians will spend at least $5.1 billion during the holiday period. People were asked how much they “expect to spend on household holiday-related purchases”. Half of WA households are expecting to spend more than $1000 on non-essential purchases these coming weeks. Those aged between 18 and 39 years are expecting to spend on average just under $2200 on travel, presents and the like. Mr Morey said 59 per cent of WA households surveyed said they had “experienced one financial stressor in the last three months and 28 per cent experienced at least two”. But this hasn’t stopped households planning to spend big money over the Christmas/New Years period. “The fact that more than half expect to spend the same or more despite these factors is a continued sign of continued confidence in our economy, underpinned by a very stable jobs market in WA,” Mr Morey said.