• Short Summary

    The average Briton is spending more than ever on his Christmas shopping this year as the country's seasonal buying spree hits its peak.

  • Description

    1.
    GV AND CU Oxford Street, London, crowded with shoppers (2 shots)
    0.15

    2.
    SV AND CU Shoppers in store (2 shots)
    0.21

    3.
    SV AND CU Money changing hands and cash register (3 shots)
    0.34

    4.
    SV AND CU Purchases in liquor store (4 shots)
    0.51

    5.
    CU Women in street interviewed by reporter
    1.05

    6.
    CU Man interviewed
    1.09

    7.
    CU Woman interviewed
    1.22

    8.
    CU Man interviewed
    1.34


    Britain may be facing economic difficulties, but the man in the street does not know it, according to this year's Christmas shopping figures. Maybe he does know it, and is spending his money before it devalues even further, according to some economic experts.



    Whatever the reason -- business is up 60 per cent in London's West End shopping area compared with trade figures for the same season last year. Bankers claim there is an extra seven hundred million pounds sterling in circulation this winter as shoppers are on one of the wildest spending sprees in living memory, according to store managers.



    Visnews reporter Peter Whittle takes up the story in London, where he joined the crowd of British big spenders.



    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Spending all your money, are you?"



    WOMAN: "I'm afraid so, yes, yes."



    REPORTER: "Why is that, is it a last fling?"



    WOMAN: "Well, yes, yes, things are so expensive this year you feel you feel you have to make the most of it. Times are hard at the moment."



    REPORTER: "Are you going to spend all your money this year?"



    MAN: "Not very much to spend but I suppose it will all go."



    WOMAN: "I'm spending all my money, yes, just like the Arabs."



    REPORTER: "You think it is not worth hanging on to it?"



    WOMAN: "I don't think it's worth hanging on to it, no. No worth saving is it? Just devalues."



    REPORTER: "Are you spending all your money, are you?"



    MAN: "Yes, I've few bobbies to spend."



    REPORTER: "And it's all going, yes?"



    MAN: "Yes, it's certainly is, it's certainly is... yes."



    REPORTER: "You don't think it's worth hanging on to it?"



    MAN: "Well, I'm having it too late now."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The average Briton is spending more than ever on his Christmas shopping this year as the country's seasonal buying spree hits its peak.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3YVTKIFU7KXS2UZV4OSNV7X2B
    Media URN:
    VLVA3YVTKIFU7KXS2UZV4OSNV7X2B
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/12/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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