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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/
RTX1Q8NF
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/
RTX1Q8N9
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
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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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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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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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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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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
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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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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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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
RTR3Q5D5
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
RTR3Q5D4
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
RTR3Q5D3
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
RTR3Q5D0
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
RTR3Q5CZ
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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SCOTLAND-INDEPENDENCE/ECONOMY
RTR3Q5CW
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/
RTR3GOBY
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)
ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR36ZHC
August 20, 2012
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I buy silver", is seen displayed over a...
Rome, Italy
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker is seen displayed over a car in Rome
A sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I buy silver", is seen displayed over a car 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)
ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR36ZHB
August 20, 2012
A man passes in front of a gold purchasing booth located in second hand furniture store in Rome August...
Rome, Italy
A man passes in front of a gold purchasing booth located in second hand furniture store in Rome
A man passes in front of a gold purchasing booth located in second hand furniture store 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)
ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR36ZHA
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)
ITALY-PAWNBROKERS/
RTR36ZH7
August 20, 2012
Signs advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I buy Gold", are seen in downtown Rome,...
Rome, Italy
Signs advertising the services of a pawnbroker are seen in downtown Rome
Signs advertising the services of a pawnbroker, which reads "I buy Gold", are seen in downtown 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)
WINE/LOANS
RTR2Y9V1
February 22, 2012
Paul Aitken, CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, works with Samantha Carrington, Director of Sales...
New York, UNITED STATES
Aitken works with Carrington at a wine storage facility in New York
Paul Aitken, CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, works with Samantha Carrington, Director of Sales and Client Relations of Winecare Storage, at a wine storage facility in New York February 21, 2012. Some U.S. pawnbrokers are taking liquid assets, literally. Fine wines are among the items they will accept as collateral for loans, along with family jewels and fine art, as a practice common in Britain and France catches on across the Atlantic. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS)
WINE/LOANS
RTR2Y9UX
February 22, 2012
Paul Aitken (R), CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, works with Samantha Carrington, Director...
New York, UNITED STATES
Aitken works with Carrington at a wine storage facility in New York
Paul Aitken (R), CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, works with Samantha Carrington, Director of Sales and Client Relations of Winecare Storage, at a wine storage facility in New York February 21, 2012. Some U.S. pawnbrokers are taking liquid assets, literally. Fine wines are among the items they will accept as collateral for loans, along with family jewels and fine art, as a practice common in Britain and France catches on across the Atlantic. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS)
WINE/LOANS
RTR2Y9UT
February 22, 2012
Paul Aitken, CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, poses at a wine storage facility in New York...
New York, UNITED STATES
Paul Aitken, CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, poses at a wine storage facility in New York
Paul Aitken, CEO of British-based pawnbroker borro.com, poses at a wine storage facility in New York February 21, 2012. Some U.S. pawnbrokers are taking liquid assets, literally. Fine wines are among the items they will accept as collateral for loans, along with family jewels and fine art, as a practice common in Britain and France catches on across the Atlantic. Picture taken February 21, 2012. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid (UNITED STATES - Tags: FOOD BUSINESS)
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