The value of many large companies' stock over the last year has gone down quicker than a Lib Dem MP at a Chippendales concert. There is a growing realisation in Britain that continued sales of Barcelona 1992 Olympics merchandise on Las Ramblas is less the enduring appeal of a global mega-brand and more down to overstocks.
The High Street is dropping names faster than a scheduler re-running a slate of 1980s kids' TV programmes; and as we move into one of the key trade show seasons, even the heavens have dumped on our prevailing spirit with a travel-chaos-inducing blanket of snow.
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