Valletta is the commercial center of Malta. Most large importers prefer to distribute goods through their own shops. Small retail establishments predominate with a few larger supermarkets and outlet stores springing up in the past few years. Billboards, newspapers, radio, and television are the main advertising media.
Shopping hours are from 9 AM to 1 PM and from 3 to 7 PM . Banks are open from 8:30 AM to 2 PM , Monday–Thursday, and from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM on Friday. Some bank branches are open on Saturdays from 8:30 AM to 12 NOON . Businesses and industries are open on weekdays from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM and on Saturdays from 8 AM to 1 PM . Most establishments are closed on Sundays and many places have shorter hours during the summer months.