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BRITAIN-ECONOMY/RETAIL
RTXA8ZS6 
March 09, 2021 
A woman walks past a closed pawnbroker shop in Preston, Britain, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble 
Preston, United Kingdom 
A woman walks past a closed pawnbroker shop in Preston 
A woman walks past a closed pawnbroker shop in Preston, Britain, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Phil Noble 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L7X 
October 07, 2020 
Lorena Rodriguez (R), 47, who worked in the informal sector as a nanny, talks to an employee of a state-run... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
Lorena Rodriguez (R), 47, who worked in the informal sector as a nanny, talks to an employee of a state-run pawnbroker, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 12, 2020. Picture taken August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L7T 
October 07, 2020 
A woman waits as an employee of a state-run pawnbroker looks at a piece of jewelry, during the coronavirus... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
A woman waits as an employee of a state-run pawnbroker looks at a piece of jewelry, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L7P 
October 07, 2020 
An employee of a state-run pawnbroker calculates the value of a ring that is being pawned, during the... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
An employee of a state-run pawnbroker calculates the value of a ring that is being pawned, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L76 
October 07, 2020 
A gold bracelet is being weighed at a state-run pawnbroker, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
A gold bracelet is being weighed at a state-run pawnbroker, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L75 
October 07, 2020 
An employee of a state-run pawnbroker looks at a piece of jewelry, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
An employee of a state-run pawnbroker looks at a piece of jewelry, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 6, 2020. Picture taken August 6, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/LATAM-POVERTY
RTX80L78 
October 07, 2020 
Lorena Rodriguez, 47, who worked in the informal sector as a nanny, shows a gold bracelet before pawning... 
Quilpue, Chile 
Latin America's middle class during COVID-19 pandemic 
Lorena Rodriguez, 47, who worked in the informal sector as a nanny, shows a gold bracelet before pawning it at a state-run pawnbroker, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Quilpue, Chile August 12, 2020. Picture taken August 12, 2020. REUTERS/Rodrigo Garrido 
HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS/BRITAIN-GLOBAL-RETAIL
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May 26, 2020 
People queue outside a pawnbrokers shop in Liverpool, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease... 
Liverpool, United Kingdom 
Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Liverpool 
People queue outside a pawnbrokers shop in Liverpool, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Liverpool, Britain, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTX1Q8NJ 
August 30, 2015 
A mainland Chinese visitor looks at the window of a pawn shop displaying luxury watches in Macau, China... 
Macau, China 
Mainland Chinese visitor looks at the window of a pawn shop displaying luxury watches in Macau, China... 
A mainland Chinese visitor looks at the window of a pawn shop displaying luxury watches in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTX1Q8NI 
August 30, 2015 
A woman looks at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone... 
Macau, China 
Woman looks at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China 
A woman looks at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTX1Q8NH 
August 30, 2015 
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
Macau, China 
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China 
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
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August 30, 2015 
Mainland Chinese visitors walk in front of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone... 
Macau, China 
Mainland Chinese visitors walk in front of a pawn shop in Macau, China
Mainland Chinese visitors walk in front of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
RTX1Q8ND 
August 30, 2015 
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
Macau, China 
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China
Signs for pawn shops are seen in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
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August 30, 2015 
Mainland Chinese visitors look at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015.... 
Macau, China 
Mainland Chinese visitors look at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China
Mainland Chinese visitors look at watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
MACAU-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX1Q8LF 
August 30, 2015 
A woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. Just days... 
Macau, China 
Woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China 
A woman looks at luxury watches in the window of a pawn shop in Macau, China August 29, 2015. Just days after authorities raided five pawn shops in the Chinese territory Macau, many of the neon-lit stores in the world’s biggest gambling hub are still letting punters make fake purchases to skirt rules on how much cash they can take out of China. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu 
USA-PAWNBROKERS/
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April 04, 2015 
Larry Nuckols, chairman and co-owner of Money Mart Pawn & Jewelry, stands outside of one of his 30 stores... 
San Antonio, UNITED STATES 
NO HEADLINE 
Larry Nuckols, chairman and co-owner of Money Mart Pawn & Jewelry, stands outside of one of his 30 stores in San Antonio, Texas March 15, 2015. Money for portable collateral, a contract that can fit on a paper napkin and a pending crackdown on payday loans have made these heady days for one of the world's oldest financial service firms - the pawnshop. REUTERS/Jon Herskovitz 
MACAU-BUSINESS/
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February 17, 2015 
A man walks past a pawnshop in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS)... 
Macau, China 
Man walks past a pawnshop in Macau 
A man walks past a pawnshop in Macau February 17, 2015. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS) 
Society
Society 
Scotland - A Tale Of Two Cities - 21 May 2014 
30 PICTURES 
SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5F5 
May 21, 2014 
A welcome sign is posted on the outskirts of Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital,... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A welcome sign is posted on the outskirts of Kilmarnock 
A welcome sign is posted on the outskirts of Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS) 
SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5F1 
May 21, 2014 
Fog surrounds the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland April 30, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh,... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Fog surrounds the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh 
Fog surrounds the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland April 30, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
A woman walks her dogs outside Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital,... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A woman walks her dogs outside Dean Castle in Kilmarnock 
A woman walks her dogs outside Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Demolition work takes place on the Howard Park Hotel in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The Scottish... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Demolition work takes place on the Howard Park Hotel in Kilmarnock 
Demolition work takes place on the Howard Park Hotel in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Edinburgh Castle is seen in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 29, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Edinburgh Castle is seen in Edinburgh 
Edinburgh Castle is seen in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 29, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
Fettes College is seen though its front gate in Edinburgh, Scotland April 30, 2014. Last year, Fettes... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Fettes College is seen though its front gate in Edinburgh 
Fettes College is seen though its front gate in Edinburgh, Scotland April 30, 2014. Last year, Fettes College, where Britain's former Prime Minister Tony Blair attended, was ranked the second-most expensive school in Scotland. Boarding at the school costs more than ?21,000 a year. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
Pedestrians walk past the luxury 5-star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Pedestrians walk past the luxury 5-star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh 
Pedestrians walk past the luxury 5-star Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
A boy passes a broken sign for Balmoral Road, the street where the former Johnnie Walker plant was located... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A boy passes a broken sign for Balmoral Road, the street where the former Johnnie Walker plant was located... 
A boy passes a broken sign for Balmoral Road, the street where the former Johnnie Walker plant was located in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The plant, which was Kilmarnock's largest employer, closed in 2012. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
A man leaves the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. Scottish poet Robert Burns... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A man leaves the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock 
A man leaves the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. Scottish poet Robert Burns grew up near Kilmarnock and his first book of poetry, "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect", known as the Kilmarnock volume, was published there. The Burns Monument Centre houses many of Burns' rare texts and local history archives. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Pedestrians walk along the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace,... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Pedestrians walk along the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace,... 
Pedestrians walk along the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
Souvenir merchant Steve Wright poses outside his shop, Clans of Scotland, in Edinburgh, Scotland April... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Souvenir merchant Steve Wright poses outside his shop, Clans of Scotland, in Edinburgh 
Souvenir merchant Steve Wright poses outside his shop, Clans of Scotland, in Edinburgh, Scotland April 29, 2014. Wright, who plans on voting "Yes" to independence, says he thinks "The word 'no' should not be in the Scottish vocabulary this year." The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS PORTRAIT)

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May 21, 2014 
Neal Ingram, wearing a "Yes" t-shirt, poses near the Burns Mall in Kilmarnock, Scotland, April 29, 2014.... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Neal Ingram poses near the Burns Mall in Kilmarnock 
Neal Ingram, wearing a "Yes" t-shirt, poses near the Burns Mall in Kilmarnock, Scotland, April 29, 2014. Ingram, who plans on voting "Yes" to independence and is politically active, looks forward to the people of Scotland being able to "make decisions for ourselves and not being tied to an unrepresentative government." The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS PORTRAIT)

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May 21, 2014 
People gather under The Burns and Wilson Monument outside the Burns Shopping Mall in Kilmarnock, Scotland... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
People gather under The Burns and Wilson Monument outside the Burns Shopping Mall in Kilmarnock 
People gather under The Burns and Wilson Monument outside the Burns Shopping Mall in Kilmarnock, Scotland April 29, 2014. Scottish poet Robert Burns grew up near Kilmarnock and his first book of poetry, "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect", known as the Kilmarnock volume, was published there. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
A member of the Edinburgh Rugby rugby team walks onto a pitch before practice outside Murrayfield Stadium... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
A member of the Edinburgh Rugby rugby team walks onto a pitch before practice outside Murrayfield Stadium... 
A member of the Edinburgh Rugby rugby team walks onto a pitch before practice outside Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland April 29, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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May 21, 2014 
Pedestrians walk along Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Pedestrians walk along Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh 
Pedestrians walk along Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
Rugby Park Stadium, a 15,000 seat venue where Elton John once performed, is seen though a gate in Kilmarnock,... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Rugby Park Stadium is seen though a gate in Kilmarnock 
Rugby Park Stadium, a 15,000 seat venue where Elton John once performed, is seen though a gate in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
A pedestrian walks along King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 24, 2014.... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A pedestrian walks along King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock 
A pedestrian walks along King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 24, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 24, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
A busker plays the accordion on King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27,... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A busker plays the accordion on King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock 
A busker plays the accordion on King Street, the main shopping street in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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May 21, 2014 
Students ride a city bus on their way home from school in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 30, 2014. The Scottish... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Students ride a city bus on their way home from school in Edinburgh 
Students ride a city bus on their way home from school in Edinburgh, Scotland, April 30, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: EDUCATION BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5DF 
May 21, 2014 
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is seen on a television screen as patrons socialise in the... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is seen on a television screen as patrons socialise in the... 
Britain's Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is seen on a television screen as patrons socialise in the Kay Park Tavern, a pub near the main business district in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 26, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 26, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5DD 
May 21, 2014 
Students gather after school as they ride their bicycles in the main shopping district in Kilmarnock,... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Students gather after school as they ride their bicycles in the main shopping district in Kilmarnock 
Students gather after school as they ride their bicycles in the main shopping district in Kilmarnock, Scotland April 29, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 29, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: EDUCATION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5DB 
May 21, 2014 
Retired widower Archibald Anderson drinks a pint of beer at the Cafe Royal in Edinburgh, Scotland May... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Retired widower Archibald Anderson drinks a pint of beer at the Cafe Royal in Edinburgh 
Retired widower Archibald Anderson drinks a pint of beer at the Cafe Royal in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. Anderson, who plans on voting "No" to independence remembers serving in the military alongside soldiers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland and says he "can't imagine why we would want to be separate." The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5D7 
May 21, 2014 
A busker plays the bagpipes on Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh, Scotland April... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
A busker plays the bagpipes on Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh 
A busker plays the bagpipes on Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh, Scotland April 30, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken April 30, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Pedestrians walk past a whisky shop on the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
Pedestrians walk past a whisky shop on the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle... 
Pedestrians walk past a whisky shop on the Royal Mile, a busy street which runs from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace, in Edinburgh, Scotland, May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT POLITICS ELECTIONS)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Scotland's flag, the Saltire, flies outside a home in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Scotland's flag, the Saltire, flies outside a home in Kilmarnock 
Scotland's flag, the Saltire, flies outside a home in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 27, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
A pedestrian walks past the former site of the Johnnie Walker whisky plant in Kilmarnock, Scotland March... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
A pedestrian walks past the former site of the Johnnie Walker whisky plant in Kilmarnock 
A pedestrian walks past the former site of the Johnnie Walker whisky plant in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The plant, which was Kilmarnock's largest employer, closed in 2012. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
Pedestrians walk past a row of flats across from the former site of the Johnnie Walker distillery in... 
Kilmarnock, United Kingdom 
Pedestrians walk past a row of flats across from the former site of the Johnnie Walker distillery in... 
Pedestrians walk past a row of flats across from the former site of the Johnnie Walker distillery in Kilmarnock, Scotland March 25, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken March 25, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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May 21, 2014 
British and Scottish flags fly outside the Lloyds Banking Group's Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh,... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
British and Scottish flags fly outside the Lloyds Banking Group's Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh 
British and Scottish flags fly outside the Lloyds Banking Group's Scottish headquarters in Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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May 21, 2014 
A bird flies over homes in the Morningside suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital,... 
Edinburgh, United Kingdom 
A bird flies over homes in the Morningside suburb of Edinburgh 
A bird flies over homes in the Morningside suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland May 1, 2014. The Scottish capital, Edinburgh, has an air of prosperity that explains why so many of its residents are happy with their lot and unwilling to risk the changes independence may bring. But in Kilmarnock it is a different story. The once proud industrial town has been named the worst place to live in Scotland, battling high unemployment and with pawnbrokers and discount stores dominating its shopping centre. The contrast between the two is startling and highlights the wide social divide among Scots ahead of a September 18 referendum when Scottish residents will decide whether to leave the United Kingdom after over 300 years to become an independent country. Picture taken May 1, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS ELECTIONS BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT)

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CHINA-UNIONPAY/
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March 12, 2014 
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken... 
Macau, China 
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau 
Chinese visitors walk past a sign for China UnionPay outside a pawnshop in Macau, in this picture taken November 20, 2013. Picture taken November 20, 2013. To match Special Report CHINA-UNIONPAY/ REUTERS/Tyrone Siu (CHINA - Tags: BUSINESS) 
USA-INCOME/WASHINGTON
RTR3G17N 
March 04, 2014 
Jessica Barakat looks at a video camera in the Crown Pawnbrokers shop, which her great-grandfather opened... 
Washington, UNITED STATES 
Jessica Barakat looks at a video camera in the Crown Pawnbrokers shop, which her great-grandfather opened... 
Jessica Barakat looks at a video camera in the Crown Pawnbrokers shop, which her great-grandfather opened in 1937, in the now quickly developing 14th Street corridor in Washington March 1, 2014. The shop is one of the few remaining older businesses in the neighborhood. Picture taken March 1, 2014. To match story USA-INCOME/WASHINGTON REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) 
USA-INCOME/WASHINGTON
RTR3G17I 
March 04, 2014 
People ride their bicycle past the Crown Pawnbrokers shop in the quickly developing 14th Street corridor... 
Washington, UNITED STATES 
People ride their bicycle past the Crown Pawnbrokers shop in the quickly developing 14th Street corridor... 
People ride their bicycle past the Crown Pawnbrokers shop in the quickly developing 14th Street corridor in Washington March 1, 2014. The shop opened in 1937, and is of the few remaining older businesses in the neighborhood. Picture taken March 1, 2014. To match story USA-INCOME/WASHINGTON REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) 
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F96 
September 10, 2013 
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok 
A customer gets money after selling his items at Easy Money pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
ASIA-PAWNSHOP/
RTX13F91 
September 10, 2013 
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013.... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok 
A pawn shop worker sorts through gold jewellery at Easy Money Pawn shop in Bangkok, August 27, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Thailand's largest private pawnshop operator, Easy Money, has seen a 15-20 percent rise in the number of customers in recent months, especially in areas near Bangkok, said Managing Director Sittiwit Tangthanakiat. Picture taken August 27, 2013. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS
RTX13EQR 
September 09, 2013 
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued... 
Store employee Jeffrey puts his hand on a gold and porcelain Buddha statue that the store had valued at S$38,888 ($34083) at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
ASIA-PAWNSHOPS/
RTX13EQJ 
September 09, 2013 
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used... 
Store employee Jeffrey inspects a diamond ring that the store had acquired at a Cash Converters used goods store in Singapore August 30, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 30, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
SINGAPORE/
RTX13EPY 
September 09, 2013 
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore... 
Singapore, Singapore 
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore... 
Valuer Eve Chong, demonstrates the valuation process for jewelry at a MoneyMax pawn shop outlet in Singapore August 23, 2013. Faced with rising living costs and unable to wait until pay day, growing numbers of Southeast Asians are putting their gold jewellery and designer watches in hock, creating a boom in pawnshops across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. Picture taken August 23, 2013. To go with ASIA-PAWNSHOPS REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: BUSINESS) 
BRITAIN-GDP/
RTR3ECRA 
February 27, 2013 
Workers pass a boarded-up pawnbroker's premises in central London February 27, 2013. Britain's economy... 
London, United Kingdom 
Workers pass a boarded-up pawnbroker's premises in central London 
Workers pass a boarded-up pawnbroker's premises in central London February 27, 2013. Britain's economy contracted by 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2012 as first thought, keeping alive the danger of a third recession since 2008, although yearly growth was revised up, data showed on Wednesday. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) 
PORTUGAL/
RTR3CG0X 
January 14, 2013 
An Alges City cleaning worker pushes his cart past a shop that buys gold, silver and jewelry, on the... 
ALGES, Portugal 
An Alges City cleaning worker pushes his cart past a shop on the outskirts of Lisbon 
An Alges City cleaning worker pushes his cart past a shop that buys gold, silver and jewelry, on the outskirts of Lisbon January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro (PORTUGAL - Tags: SOCIETY) 
OECD-SPAIN/
RTR3AYZL 
November 28, 2012 
A man walks past a store that buys gold in the Pino Montano working-class neighbourhood of the Andalusian... 
Seville, Spain 
Man walks past a store that buys gold in the Pino Montano working-class neighbourhood of the Andalusian... 
A man walks past a store that buys gold in the Pino Montano working-class neighbourhood of the Andalusian capital of Seville November 28, 2012. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development predicted Spain's economy would contract by 1.3 percent this year, and by 1.4 percent in 2013, brought down by a euro zone recession and the effects of the spending cuts and tax hikes it has already made. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES) 
PEGADAIAN-CAPITAL/
RTR38SB1 
October 04, 2012 
An employee shows a 50-grams gold ingot before selling it to a customer at a pawn shop in Jakarta October... 
Jakarta, Indonesia 
An employee shows a 50-grams gold ingot before selling it to a customer at a pawn shop in Jakarta 
An employee shows a 50-grams gold ingot before selling it to a customer at a pawn shop in Jakarta October 4, 2012. Indonesia's biggest pawn shop operator PT Pegadaian has asked the government for a fresh capital injection after a plan to raise up to 6.4 trillion rupiah ($668 million) in an initial public offering was turned down by the government, its chief executive said on Thursday. To match Interview PEGADAIAN-CAPITAL/ REUTERS/Supri (INDONESIA - Tags: BUSINESS) 
ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR36ZHG 
August 20, 2012 
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I Buy Gold, Silver and Diamonds", is seen... 
Rome, Italy 
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker is seen in Rome 
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I Buy Gold, Silver and Diamonds", is seen in Rome August 17, 2012. City centres are being transformed as traditional shops go out of business, their signs replaced by ones that announce "Compro Oro", or "I Buy Gold". The Eurispes thinktank estimates the number of "Compro Oro" shops has quadrupled in the last two years. The proliferation of pawn shops, with an estimated annual turnover of 7 billion euros, is a very visible sign that for millions of Italians life has changed for the worse. Picture taken August 17, 2012. To match Feature ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/ REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (ITALY - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
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