Britain Deals Trump Card To Rescue Economy: A Royal Wedding

RoyalMugThe question all the gossip mags are asking about Prince William’s Royal Wedding is why now? The Prince just said “The timing is right now, we are both very, very happy,” but cynics among us think it could just be a last gasp attempt to prevent Britain from slipping into a 1970s-style economic malaise. The news certainly has British retailers excited according to Reuters:

The marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton next year could give a 620 million pound ($985 million) boost to the British economy, retail researchers Verdict said on Wednesday.

The forecast came as Asda, Britain’s second-biggest supermarket group, said it was already selling a 5 pound mug to commemorate the engagement of the heir to the British throne to his long-term girlfriend, announced on Tuesday.

Verdict estimated the engagement could be worth 12-18 million pounds in merchandise sales, while sales of wedding-related products could top 26 million pounds.

The real boost to the economy, however, could come from creating a “feel-good factor” among consumers…

[continues at Reuters]

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10 Comments on "Britain Deals Trump Card To Rescue Economy: A Royal Wedding"

  1. Hamsanath437 | Nov 18, 2010 at 7:46 pm |

    is that gonna do much?

  2. Hamsanath437 | Nov 18, 2010 at 3:46 pm |

    is that gonna do much?

  3. Hadrian999 | Nov 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm |

    can’t wait to see what stupid thing the younger prince does at the wedding,
    he has to top racial slurs about a squadmate and the nazi uniform thing, but I have faith in him

  4. Hadrian999 | Nov 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |

    can’t wait to see what stupid thing the younger prince does at the wedding,
    he has to top racial slurs about a squadmate and the nazi uniform thing, but I have faith in him

  5. Anonymous | Nov 19, 2010 at 1:57 am |

    nice cup!

  6. nice cup!

  7. With his luck, some terrorists in Britain, who are rather active at the moment, will probably try to take some kind of action. Hope they’re prepared.

  8. With his luck, some terrorists in Britain, who are rather active at the moment, will probably try to take some kind of action. Hope they’re prepared.

    • If you’re so enthusiastic to see the deserving die, then why don’t you get on with own judge/jury/executioner act yourself? There must be plenty of people who are just as deserving or your attention.

      For my part, I hold the British aristocracy in some esteem. You may not like the empire, but at least William and Harold have put on uniforms and risked their lives to serve it. They’ve put their lives at risk. Whatever their other bush league flaws, they’ve both shown genuine leadership. Good on them.

  9. If you’re so enthusiastic to see the deserving die, then why don’t you get on with own judge/jury/executioner act yourself? There must be plenty of people who are just as deserving or your attention.

    For my part, I hold the British aristocracy in some esteem. You may not like the empire, but at least William and Harold have put on uniforms and risked their lives to serve it. They’ve put their lives at risk. Whatever their other bush league flaws, they’ve both shown genuine leadership. Good on them.

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