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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) 
WINE/LOANS
RTR2Y9UQ 
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, 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) 
GREECE/
RTR2UQZT 
December 02, 2011 
Pedestrians walk by a sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker that reads 'Loans, Diamonds, Antiques,... 
Athens, Greece 
Pedestrians walk by a sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker in Omonia Square in Athens 
Pedestrians walk by a sign advertising the services of a pawnbroker that reads 'Loans, Diamonds, Antiques, We Buy Gold' in Omonia Square in Athens, November 2, 2011. Picture taken November 2, 2011. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
GREECE/LOANSHARKS
RTR2UQZS 
December 02, 2011 
Pedestrians walk past a sign advertising a pawnbroker in Omonia Square in Athens, November 2, 2011. ... 
Athens, Greece 
Pedestrians walk past a sign advertising a pawnbroker in Omonia Square in Athens 
Pedestrians walk past a sign advertising a pawnbroker in Omonia Square in Athens, November 2, 2011. The sign to the right reads ' Loans. Pawn, we buy gold, gems, gold coins, watches'. REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY)
FRANCE/
RTR2UEMR 
November 24, 2011 
A document shows a pledge valuation for jewels done by an expert at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
Nice, France 
A document shows a pledge valuation for jewels done by an expert at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
A document shows a pledge valuation for jewels done by an expert at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEM6 
November 24, 2011 
A man walks past the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th... 
Nice, France 
A man walks past the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice 
A man walks past the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEM2 
November 24, 2011 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal... 
Nice, France 
A man looks at secure loan jewels displayed for auction at the Credit Municipal in Nice 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UELZ 
November 24, 2011 
A placard announces an auction of jewels pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
Nice, France 
A placard announces an auction of jewels pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
A placard announces an auction of jewels pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UELQ 
November 24, 2011 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal... 
Nice, France 
A man looks at secure loan jewels displayed for auction at the Credit Municipal in Nice 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UELO 
November 24, 2011 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011.... 
Nice, France 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UELN 
November 24, 2011 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal... 
Nice, France 
A man looks at secure loan jewels displayed for auction at the Credit Municipal in Nice 
A man looks at jewels displayed for auction after being pawned by their owners at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UELG 
November 24, 2011 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011.... 
Nice, France 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice 
A man waits for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEL6 
November 24, 2011 
A woman gets money after a pledge valuation for her jewels at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
Nice, France 
A woman gets money after a pledge valuation for her jewels at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
A woman gets money after a pledge valuation for her jewels at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEL2 
November 24, 2011 
A woman gives her jewels to an expert for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker... 
Nice, France 
A woman gives her jewels for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice 
A woman gives her jewels to an expert for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEKZ 
November 24, 2011 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice... 
Nice, France 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice... 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE/
RTR2UEKT 
November 24, 2011 
An expert looks at a ring during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice... 
Nice, France 
An expert looks at a ring during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice... 
An expert looks at a ring during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal public pawnbroker in Nice November 24, 2011. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal helps more and more people in need of extra cash. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard (FRANCE - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKC2 
August 31, 2011 
A Buddhist altar bell is displayed at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
A Buddhist altar bell is displayed at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home although the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKC1 
August 31, 2011 
An employee displays a gold tooth at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
An employee displays a gold tooth at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home -- or on gold teeth -- although the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKBY 
August 31, 2011 
An employee snips a piece of jewellery at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
An employee snips a piece of jewellery at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home although the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKBV 
August 31, 2011 
An employee inspects a piece of jewellery at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
An employee inspects a piece of jewellery at a shop that purchases gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home although the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKBU 
August 31, 2011 
Jewellery is displayed at a shop that buys gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
Jewellery is displayed at a shop that buys gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
GOLD-PEOPLE/
RTR2QKBT 
August 31, 2011 
An employee prepares banknotes to purchase items from a customer at a shop that buys gold in the Ginza... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE 
An employee prepares banknotes to purchase items from a customer at a shop that buys gold in the Ginza district of Tokyo August 23, 2011. Spot gold sells now for $1,830 an ounce, up nearly a third this year. With currencies and stocks faltering and prices of other commodities held back by slowing economic growth, the frenzy for gold has gone global. Many are cashing in on the gold they have at home although the trend is slowing in the belief prices will rise further. Picture taken August 23, 2011. To match Feature GOLD PEOPLE/ REUTERS/Toru Hanai (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS COMMODITIES SOCIETY) 
THAILAND
RTR2PQUM 
August 09, 2011 
An employee inspects gold at a pawn shop in Bangkok August 9,2011. Bullion gained more than 2 percent... 
Bangkok, Thailand 
An employee inspects gold at a pawn shop in Bangkok 
An employee inspects gold at a pawn shop in Bangkok August 9,2011. Bullion gained more than 2 percent on Tuesday, roaring to all-time highs for a second consecutive session to stand above $1,750 as equity markets dived on growing fears of a global recession following last week's U.S. credit downgrade.
REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND - Tags: BUSINESS) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX20L 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a ring with a file, at Pawnbroker Nikolas... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a ring with a file, at Pawnbroker Nikolas... 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a ring with a file, at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1VP 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a gold ring with chemicals, at Pawnbroker... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a gold ring with chemicals, at Pawnbroker... 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she tests a gold ring with chemicals, at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1V2 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she inspects a ring at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she inspects a ring at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
Pawnbroker Kristel Julian poses for a photograph as she inspects a ring at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael, in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1UP 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael, in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1UM 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael, in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1TX 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael, in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
BRITAIN/
RTXX1TK 
January 25, 2011 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
London, United Kingdom 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael,... 
Pawnbroker Nik Robinson poses for a photograph as he inspects a watch at Pawnbroker Nikolas Michael, in the City of London January 25, 2011. The number of pawnbrokers in Britain appears to be on the increase, and the National Pawnbrokers Association of the UK has 1200 members. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
IRELAND/
RTXUPHA 
November 16, 2010 
A pedestrian walks past a shop in Dublin November 16, 2010. Ireland came under intense pressure on Tuesday... 
Dublin, United Kingdom 
A pedestrian walks past a shop in Dublin 
A pedestrian walks past a shop in Dublin November 16, 2010. Ireland came under intense pressure on Tuesday to request aid over its debt crunch in what the European Council's president called a "survival crisis" for the euro zone and the wider European Union. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (IRELAND - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) 
MEXICO-ECONOMY/PAWNSHOPS
RTR29LKZ 
January 29, 2010 
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,... 
Mexico City, Mexico 
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop,... 
People sit inside the Monte de Piedad (Mountain of Pity or Mountain of Mercy), the national pawnshop, as they wait to recover their pawned goods, in downtown Mexico City January 27, 2010. Mexicans are going to pawnshops to hock their jewelry and family heirlooms, in more evidence Mexico is struggling to recover from a deep recession. Across the country, unemployment remains near its highest level in 14 years even though Mexico's recession technically ended in the third quarter with a big industrial rebound. Picture taken January 27, 2010. REUTERS/Claudia Daut (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) 
DRUGS/MEXICO-BUSINESS
RTR28VAP 
January 14, 2010 
A soldier stands inside a raided pawn shop while under investigation for money laundering in Tijuana... 
Tijuana, Mexico 
To match SPECIAL REPORT - DRUGS/MEXICO-BUSINESS 
A soldier stands inside a raided pawn shop while under investigation for money laundering in Tijuana November 25, 2009. Often overlooked amid all the violence and chaos they engender is the fact that Mexico's drug cartels are capably run businesses that have turned into some of the most lucrative criminal enterprises ever. Picture taken November 25, 2009. To match SPECIAL REPORT - DRUGS/MEXICO- REUTERS/Jorge Duenes (MEXICO - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CRIME LAW) 
MACAU-POLITICALRISK/
RTXRZ6H 
December 18, 2009 
People walk past a pawn store near a casino in Macau December 18, 2009, two days before the 10th anniversary... 
Macau, China 
People walk past a pawn store near a casino in Macau 
People walk past a pawn store near a casino in Macau December 18, 2009, two days before the 10th anniversary of its handover to China. As Macau marks its first decade under Chinese rule on Sunday, the quiet Portuguese enclave turned gaming hub remains beset by a tangle of challenges that could yet tarnish its future economic prospects and impact on governance. REUTERS/Bobby Yip (CHINA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS ANNIVERSARY) 
USA-STATES/BUDGETS-AUTOS
RTR2562A 
June 29, 2009 
A "We Pawn Cars, Trucks and Bikes" sign sits in the window of a pawn shop on the main street in Pontiac,... 
Pontiac, UNITED STATES 
A "We Pawn Cars, Trucks and Bikes" sign sits in the window of a pawn shop on the main street in Pontiac,... 
A "We Pawn Cars, Trucks and Bikes" sign sits in the window of a pawn shop on the main street in Pontiac, Michigan June 19, 2009. The decline of U.S. automakers has for years affected those who live in Pontiac. Now the city's dead look set to feel the pain as well. Mayor Clarence Phillips says "we can no longer afford" the $400,000 the city spends each year on the upkeep of cemeteries in light of fresh local plant closures and job losses at General Motors Corp <GMGMQ.PK>, the largest employer and taxpayer in the city of 66,000. Picture taken June 19, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES TRANSPORT BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXFPR0 
May 11, 2009 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris May 11, 2009. More than 500 famous bottles, such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d'Yquem, will be put on auction on May 12, 2009 after being pawned by their owners. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXFPQ6 
May 11, 2009 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris May 11, 2009. More than 500 famous bottles, such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d'Yquem, will be put on auction on May 12, 2009 after being pawned by their owners. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXFPQ2 
May 11, 2009 
An employee looks at bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
An employee looks at bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
An employee looks at bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris May 11, 2009. More than 500 famous bottles, such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d'Yquem, will be put on auction on May 12, 2009 after being pawned by their owners. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXFPOS 
May 11, 2009 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
An employee checks bottles of wine in the exhibition room of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris May 11, 2009. More than 500 famous bottles, such as Chateau Cheval Blanc, Chateau Margaux and Chateau d'Yquem, will be put on auction on May 12, 2009 after being pawned by their owners. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (SOCIETY) 
AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/
RTXETAZ 
May 07, 2009 
Pedestrians walk past a pawn office in central Sydney May 7, 2009. Australian employment jumped against... 
Sydney, Australia 
Pedestrians walk past a pawn office in central Sydney 
Pedestrians walk past a pawn office in central Sydney May 7, 2009. Australian employment jumped against all expectations in April, pulling the jobless rate down and throwing into doubt the need for further interest rate cuts.
REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
AUSTRALIA-ECONOMY/
RTXETAW 
May 07, 2009 
A woman walks past a pawn office in central Sydney May 7, 2009. Australian employment jumped against... 
Sydney, Australia 
A woman walks past a pawn office in central Sydney 
A woman walks past a pawn office in central Sydney May 7, 2009. Australian employment jumped against all expectations in April, pulling the jobless rate down and throwing into doubt the need for further interest rate cuts.
REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEBES 
April 24, 2009 
Outside view of the Credit Municipal building known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) in Paris... 
Paris, France 
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Outside view of the Credit Municipal building known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEBEP 
April 24, 2009 
View of the entrance of the Credit Municipal's bank in Paris April 22, 2009. Set up in the 17th century... 
Paris, France 
View of the entrance of the Credit Municipal's bank in Paris 
View of the entrance of the Credit Municipal's bank in Paris April 22, 2009. Set up in the 17th century as to fight usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal now has a new task, helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services. Picture taken April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEBEO 
April 24, 2009 
An employee looks at jewellery at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker),... 
Paris, France 
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An employee looks at jewellery at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEBEN 
April 24, 2009 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal in Paris 
An expert weighs jewellery during a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. Set up in the 17th century as to fight usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal now has a new task, helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services. Picture taken April 22, 2009. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB5H 
April 24, 2009 
A plaque which indicates that the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) was founded in 1777 is seen... 
Paris, France 
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A plaque which indicates that the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) was founded in 1777 is seen outside the building of the Credit Municipal in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB5E 
April 24, 2009 
An employee displays a bottle of wine in the cellar of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
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An employee displays a bottle of wine in the cellar of the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB5B 
April 24, 2009 
An expert looks at a necklace for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete"... 
Paris, France 
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An expert looks at a necklace for a pledge valuation at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB5A 
April 24, 2009 
An employee looks at jewellery at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker),... 
Paris, France 
To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ 
An employee looks at jewellery at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB58 
April 24, 2009 
People queue up at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris... 
Paris, France 
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People queue up at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB57 
April 24, 2009 
Outside view of the Credit Municipal building known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) in Paris... 
Paris, France 
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Outside view of the Credit Municipal building known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker) in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB55 
April 24, 2009 
Bernard Candiard, director of the Credit Municipal, known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker),... 
Paris, France 
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Bernard Candiard, director of the Credit Municipal, known as "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), speaks during an interview with Reuters in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY HEADSHOT) 
FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/
RTXEB54 
April 24, 2009 
An expert values a ring at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker),... 
Paris, France 
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An expert values a ring at the Credit Municipal, known as the "Mont-de-Piete" (the public pawnbroker), in Paris April 22, 2009. From Napoleon III's mistress to cash-strapped modern-day bankers, Parisians have for centuries stored their jewels and secrets in a discreet building not far from the Seine: the public pawnbroker. Set up in the 17th century in response to usurious moneylenders, the non-profit Credit Municipal has a new task -- helping Parisians weather the economic crisis with traditional loans and cutting-edge financial services Picture taken April 22, 2009. To match feature FRANCE-PAWNBROKER/ REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
CHINA-PAWNSHOP/
RTXBSO3 
February 19, 2009 
Workers look at their goods at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken February 9, 2009.... 
Shanghai, China 
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Workers look at their goods at the Oriental Pawn shop in Shanghai in this picture taken February 9, 2009. Turned away by banks caught in the credit crunch, many Chinese entrepreneurs are borrowing from pawn shops instead, hawking their factories and homes, as well as gold and jewellery, as security. Picture taken February 9. To match feature CHINA-PAWNSHOP/ REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA) 
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