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JAPAN-TOURISM/CHINA
RTX284F0 
February 23, 2016 
People cross a street outside a tax free department store popular among Chinese tourists in Tokyo, Japan,... 
Tokyo, Japan 
People cross a street outside a tax free department store popular among Chinese tourists in Tokyo 
People cross a street outside a tax free department store popular among Chinese tourists in Tokyo, Japan, February 11, 2016. Chinese tourists spent less in Tokyo shops during the Lunar New Year holidays compared with a year earlier, retailers said, as a stronger yen and slower economic growth at home discouraged the kind of "explosive buying" that became a buzzword in 2015. Picture taken February 11, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
JAPAN-TOURISM/CHINA
RTX26L13 
February 12, 2016 
Chinese tourists stand outside a tax free department store in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2016. Chinese... 
Tokyo, Japan 
Chinese tourists stand outside a tax free department store in Tokyo, Japan 
Chinese tourists stand outside a tax free department store in Tokyo, Japan, February 4, 2016. Chinese tourists spent less in Tokyo shops during the Lunar New Year holidays compared with a year earlier, retailers said, as a stronger yen and slower economic growth at home discouraged the kind of "explosive buying" that became a buzzword in 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter 
TAIWAN-CHINA/
RTS3H25 
October 07, 2015 
Chinese tourists shop in the Everrich duty free shopping mall in Kinmen county, Taiwan, September 8,... 
Kinmen, Taiwan 
Chinese tourists shop in the Everrich duty free shopping mall in Kinmen county 
Chinese tourists shop in the Everrich duty free shopping mall in Kinmen county, Taiwan, September 8, 2015. Rustic Kinmen, with a population of less than 129,000, is a half-hour ferry ride to China, but it takes an hour to fly to major Taiwan cities. Just off its shores, glass-walled high-rises wink seductively from the booming mainland port of Xiamen in one of China's most prosperous provinces. Kinmen is eyeing closer commercial ties with China. It wants to pipe water from Xiamen and has plans to build a bridge and set up a glittering free trade zone with the city. China is seeking unification with Taiwan under its "one country, two systems" formula by which Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. And Kinmen, or "Golden Gate", is a test for China's ambitions to recover Taiwan through soft power. Picture taken September 8, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang 
USA-NEWJERSEY/TRUMP-PROTESTS
RTR4BJ3F 
October 25, 2014 
Letters are removed from the Trump Plaza Casino signage in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 24, 2014.... 
Atlantic City, UNITED STATES 
Letters are removed from the Trump Plaza Casino signage in Atlantic City, New Jersey 
Letters are removed from the Trump Plaza Casino signage in Atlantic City, New Jersey October 24, 2014. The Taj Mahal was slated to close on Nov. 13 but said it would stay open for an unspecified period after winning benefit cuts in court. But state and local governments have balked at offering tax concessions. If the Taj closes, it will be the fifth of 12 casinos in the city to close amid fierce competition from casinos in neighboring states. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: TRAVEL BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
JAPAN-ECONOMY/CHAMPAGNE
RTR3THLR 
June 12, 2014 
A bartender selects a bottle of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
Tokyo, Japan 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
A bartender selects a bottle of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo June 10, 2014. Watching a bevy of young professionals quaffing sparkling wine, there was little sign that an increase in Japan's sales tax in April caused anything more than a hiccup in the economy. Japan needs people spending with confidence if a radical strategy adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to succeed in breaking the economy free of two decades of deflation and sub-par growth. Government data covering the period after the tax was increased to 8 percent from 5 percent at the start of April has begun to trickle in. Household spending and retail sales in April dropped the most in three years. But policymakers need to wait until July or so for a fuller picture of the tax impact. For the time being, champagne sales and other untraditional measures may offer a good early read on consumption, which makes up 60 percent of the economy. Picture taken June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
JAPAN-ECONOMY/CHAMPAGNE
RTR3THLP 
June 12, 2014 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
Tokyo, Japan 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo June 10, 2014. Watching a bevy of young professionals quaffing sparkling wine, there was little sign that an increase in Japan's sales tax in April caused anything more than a hiccup in the economy. Japan needs people spending with confidence if a radical strategy adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to succeed in breaking the economy free of two decades of deflation and sub-par growth. Government data covering the period after the tax was increased to 8 percent from 5 percent at the start of April has begun to trickle in. Household spending and retail sales in April dropped the most in three years. But policymakers need to wait until July or so for a fuller picture of the tax impact. For the time being, champagne sales and other untraditional measures may offer a good early read on consumption, which makes up 60 percent of the economy. Picture taken June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
JAPAN-ECONOMY/CHAMPAGNE
RTR3THLN 
June 12, 2014 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
Tokyo, Japan 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo... 
A bartender serves a flute of champagne at Goss, a champagne bar, at Ginza shopping district in Tokyo June 10, 2014. Watching a bevy of young professionals quaffing sparkling wine, there was little sign that an increase in Japan's sales tax in April caused anything more than a hiccup in the economy. Japan needs people spending with confidence if a radical strategy adopted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is to succeed in breaking the economy free of two decades of deflation and sub-par growth. Government data covering the period after the tax was increased to 8 percent from 5 percent at the start of April has begun to trickle in. Household spending and retail sales in April dropped the most in three years. But policymakers need to wait until July or so for a fuller picture of the tax impact. For the time being, champagne sales and other untraditional measures may offer a good early read on consumption, which makes up 60 percent of the economy. Picture taken June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY) 
Business
Business 
Mandarin Shopping Help in Frankfurt - 28 Nov 2012 
21 PICTURES 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXHH 
November 27, 2012 
A woman from China stands with a shopping trolley in front of a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A woman from China stands with a shopping trolley in front of a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
A woman from China stands with a shopping trolley in front of a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXHF 
November 27, 2012 
Women look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14,... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Women look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
Women look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXHD 
November 27, 2012 
Men look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012.... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Men look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
Men look at cosmetic products in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXHC 
November 27, 2012 
A man sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A man sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
A man sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXHB 
November 27, 2012 
A man with a tablet computer stands in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A man with a tablet computer stands in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
A man with a tablet computer stands in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXH6 
November 27, 2012 
Men wheel shopping trolleys in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012.... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Men wheel shopping trolleys in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
Men wheel shopping trolleys in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXH4 
November 27, 2012 
A woman with a book sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A woman with a book sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
A woman with a book sits on a bench at the departure area at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXH1 
November 27, 2012 
A man looks at goods in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A man looks at goods in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
A man looks at goods in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGW 
November 27, 2012 
A flight monitor showing departing flights is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
A flight monitor showing departing flights is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
A flight monitor showing departing flights is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGV 
November 27, 2012 
Cosmetic products are pictured in a bag in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Cosmetic products are pictured in a bag in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt 
Cosmetic products are pictured in a bag in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt.Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGS 
November 27, 2012 
Benny, 32, from China, makes his way to the cash desk in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Benny from China makes his way to the cash desk in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt... 
Benny, 32, from China, makes his way to the cash desk in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt.Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGR 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, (R) says goodbye to Benny, 32, from China, in front... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein says goodbye to Benny from China in front of a Duty Free store... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, (R) says goodbye to Benny, 32, from China, in front of a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGQ 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, (L) poses with Benny, 32, from China in a Duty... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein poses with Benny from China in a Duty Free store at the Fraport... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, (L) poses with Benny, 32, from China in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGL 
November 27, 2012 
Benny, 32, from China shows a shopping list on his smart phone in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Customer from China shows a shopping list on his smart phone in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Benny, 32, from China shows a shopping list on his smart phone in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt, November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new Mandarin-speaking personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXGB 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43 (C) and a sales assistant help Benny, 32, from China... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper help customer from China to purchase cosmetic goods in a Duty Free... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43 (C) and a sales assistant help Benny, 32, from China (L) to purchase cosmetic goods in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXG9 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43 (C) and a sales assistant help Benny, 32, from China... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper help customer from China to purchase cosmetic goods in a Duty Free... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43 (C) and a sales assistant help Benny, 32, from China (L) to purchase cosmetic goods in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXG5 
November 27, 2012 
The shoulder bag of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, is pictured at the Fraport... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
The shoulder bag of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein is pictured at the Fraport airport in... 
The shoulder bag of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXFT 
November 27, 2012 
The lanyard of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, is pictured at the Fraport airport... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
The lanyard of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt... 
The lanyard of Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, is pictured at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXFH 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXFE 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
EUROPE-CHINA/AIRPORTSHOPPER
RTR3AXFD 
November 27, 2012 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the... 
Frankfurt, Germany 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Hussein laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport... 
Mandarin-speaking personal shopper Wasim Hussein, 43, laughs as he poses in a Duty Free store at the Fraport airport in Frankfurt November 14, 2012. Frankfurt airport's new personal shopper service is just one example of how leisure and travel firms in crisis-struck Europe are trying to tap into the seemingly inexhaustible spending power of Chinese tourists. Value-added tax (VAT) refund data shows that Chinese travellers, who could overtake Germans as the world's biggest spenders on foreign travel this year, top the tax free shopping leaderboard in European cities like Paris, London and Frankfurt. Picture taken November14, 2012. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL) 
PUERTORICO-ECONOMY/LOTTERY
RTR36CHY 
August 07, 2012 
A customer checks the IVU Loto on his printed receipt at a coffee shop in San Juan July 31, 2012. Urgently... 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 
A customer checks the IVU Loto on his printed receipt at a coffee shop in San Juan 
A customer checks the IVU Loto on his printed receipt at a coffee shop in San Juan July 31, 2012. Urgently looking to boost revenue after six years of recession, government officials hope the island's sales-and-use tax lottery -- or IVU (impuesto sobre ventas y uso) Loto, as it is called in Spanish -- will jump-start collection of sales taxes, which came in below expectations in the fiscal year ended in June. The IVU Loto automatically enters shoppers in twice weekly cash draws for as much as $25,000, as well as car raffles, and is just a single prong of a government campaign to get more revenue from Puerto Rico's 7 percent sales-and-use tax. Picture taken July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO - Tags: SOCIETY) 
PUERTORICO-ECONOMY/LOTTERY
RTR36CHW 
August 07, 2012 
An IVU Loto receipt is seen next to a cup of coffee at a coffee shop in San Juan, July 31, 2012. Urgently... 
San Juan, Puerto Rico 
An IVU loto receipt in a coffee shop where it automatically makes the customer participates of a special... 
An IVU Loto receipt is seen next to a cup of coffee at a coffee shop in San Juan, July 31, 2012. Urgently looking to boost revenue after six years of recession, government officials hope the island's sales-and-use tax lottery -- or IVU (impuesto sobre ventas y uso) Loto, as it is called in Spanish -- will jump-start collection of sales taxes, which came in below expectations in the fiscal year ended in June. The IVU Loto automatically enters shoppers in twice weekly cash draws for as much as $25,000, as well as car raffles, and is just a single prong of a government campaign to get more revenue from Puerto Rico's 7 percent sales-and-use tax. Picture taken July 31, 2012. REUTERS/Ana Martinez (PUERTO RICO - Tags: SOCIETY BUSINESS) 
ASIA RETAILERS/CHINA
RTXX1A3 
January 25, 2011 
Liu Jun, Chinese tourist from Guangzhou, shops at a duty free department store during a photo opportunity... 
Seoul, South Korea 
Liu Jun, Chinese tourist from Guangzhou, shops at a duty free department store during a photo opportunity... 
Liu Jun, Chinese tourist from Guangzhou, shops at a duty free department store during a photo opportunity in Seoul January 25, 2011. Retailers across Asia are poised for a sales boost during the Lunar New Year holidays as China's new ranks of big spenders head abroad for the peak shopping period. Strong economic growth and rising incomes are expected to bolster Chinese retailers. REUTERS/Truth Leem (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS) 
CUBA-REFORM/TAXES
RTXTTVR 
October 25, 2010 
An electrician repairs a television set in his workshop at his home in Havana October 25, 2010. Cuba... 
Havana, Cuba 
An electrician repairs a television set in his workshop at his home in Havana 
An electrician repairs a television set in his workshop at his home in Havana October 25, 2010. Cuba has set income tax rates at 25 to 50 percent for its soon to be expanded private sector, with the biggest earners paying the most taxes, according to official decrees published on Monday. The cash-strapped government is looking to the self-employed to increase tax revenues to help pay for expensive social programs such as free health care and education. REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: POLITICS EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS) 
CUBA-REFORM/TAXES
RTXTTV0 
October 25, 2010 
Posters of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro are seen on a bookshop window in Havana October 25, 2010.... 
Havana, Cuba 
Posters of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro are seen on a bookshop window in Havana 
Posters of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro are seen on a bookshop window in Havana October 25, 2010. Cuba has set income tax rates at 25 to 50 percent for its soon to be expanded private sector, with the biggest earners paying the most taxes, according to official decrees published on Monday. The cash-strapped government is looking to the self-employed to increase tax revenues to help pay for expensive social programs such as free health care and education. The poster reads: "51 years, Revolution". REUTERS/Desmond Boylan (CUBA - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS) 
JAPAN-CHINA/TOURISTS
RTR2FZ2B 
July 01, 2010 
A woman clad in a yukata, or a casual summer kimono, hands out flyers to tourists at a duty-free retail... 
Tokyo, Japan 
To match Reuters Life! JAPAN-CHINA/TOURISTS 
A woman clad in a yukata, or a casual summer kimono, hands out flyers to tourists at a duty-free retail store at Tokyo's Akihabara district July 1, 2010. Japan relaxed its visa requirements for Chinese tourists on Thursday, hoping to attract more well-heeled travellers from its giant neighbour and cash in on demand for electronics, cosmetics and luxury goods. The sign reads, "Welcome Suning Electronics' Tokyo lucky draw winners". To match Reuters Life! JAPAN-CHINA/TOURISTS REUTERS/Issei Kato (JAPAN - Tags: BUSINESS TRAVEL POLITICS SOCIETY) 
GREECE-TAX/
RTR29QD0 
February 01, 2010 
A man walks past with a shopping bag outside a central department store in Athens January 25, 2010. Cafes,... 
Athens, Greece 
A man walks past with a shopping bag outside a central department store in Athens 
A man walks past with a shopping bag outside a central department store in Athens January 25, 2010. Cafes, shops and taxis around Athens are handing out receipts by the thousands to customers frantically stuffing their pockets with proof of payment for anything from a glass of ouzo to a family Sunday lunch. Business has not suddenly turned good in recession-hit Greece, but people are clamouring for receipts after the government announced in December they would be required to claim a standard income tax-free allowance that was previously granted automatically. .Picture taken January 25, 2010.
REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS) 
GREECE-TAX/
RTR29QCX 
February 01, 2010 
A bartender issues a receipt inside a cafe-bar in central Athens January 25, 2010. Cafes, shops and taxis... 
Athens, Greece 
A bartender issues a receipt inside a cafe in central Athens 
A bartender issues a receipt inside a cafe-bar in central Athens January 25, 2010. Cafes, shops and taxis around Athens are handing out receipts by the thousands to customers frantically stuffing their pockets with proof of payment for anything from a glass of ouzo to a family Sunday lunch. Business has not suddenly turned good in recession-hit Greece, but people are clamouring for receipts after the government announced in December they would be required to claim a standard income tax-free allowance that was previously granted automatically. Picture taken January 25.
REUTERS/Yiorgos Karahalis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) 
SWITZERLAND/
RTXPXQT 
October 23, 2009 
Passengers shop in the alcohol section of the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October... 
Geneva, Switzerland 
Passengers shop in the alcohol section of the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva 
Passengers shop in the alcohol section of the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October 23, 2009. Cointrin International airport has just completed a transformation phase, upgrading the airport facilities with new shopping and food areas, meeting also the Customs requirements after Switzerland joined the Schengen zone in December 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND TRANSPORT SOCCER POLITICS) 
SWITZERLAND/
RTXPXQS 
October 23, 2009 
Passengers shop in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October 23, 2009. Cointrin... 
Geneva, Switzerland 
Passengers shop in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva 
Passengers shop in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October 23, 2009. Cointrin International airport has just completed a transformation phase, upgrading the airport facilities with new shopping and food areas, meeting also the Customs requirements after Switzerland joined the Schengen zone in December 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND) 
SWITZERLAND/
RTXPXQP 
October 23, 2009 
Passengers shop for chocolate in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October 23,... 
Geneva, Switzerland 
Passengers shop for chocolate in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva 
Passengers shop for chocolate in the Duty and tax free Shop at Cointrin airport in Geneva October 23, 2009. Cointrin International airport has just completed a transformation phase, upgrading the airport facilities with new shopping and food areas, meeting also the Customs requirements after Switzerland joined the Schengen zone in December 2008. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND TRANSPORT SOCCER POLITICS) 
BT-RESULTS/
RTXBJ3C 
February 12, 2009 
The British Telecom tower is seen in Birmingham, central England February 10, 2009. Britain's BT Group... 
Birmingham, United Kingdom 
The British Telecom tower is seen in Birmingham 
The British Telecom tower is seen in Birmingham, central England February 10, 2009. Britain's BT Group on Thursday announced it saw core earnings slump 9 percent in the third quarter and pre-tax profits crash 81 percent due to problems at its global network services unit, while its pension swung to a big deficit. BT said it would work to improve profitability at Global Services, save costs and limit capital expenditure to hit a new target of generating free cash flow of over 1 billion pounds ($1.44 billion) next year. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN) 
BRITAIN
RTXLV6Q 
March 30, 2003 
Tax free goods seized by the British Army stand in boxes after Iraqis allegedly looted alcohol from the... 
Basra, Iraq 
Tax free goods seized by the British Army stand in boxes after Iraqis allegedly looted alcohol from ..... 
Tax free goods seized by the British Army stand in boxes after Iraqis allegedly looted alcohol from the shops at the Basra International Airport in southern Iraq, March 30, 2003. London responded on Sunday to a warning from Iraq that suicide bombers could also target British and U.S. soil in retaliation for the war by saying that it had no specific information of such a threat in the U.K. 
IRAQ BRITAIN THREAT
RTRL3SL 
March 30, 2003 
Tax free goods seized by the British Army stand in boxes after Iraqis
allegedly looted alcohol from... 
Basra, Iraq - Republic of 
TAX FREE GOODS SEIZED BY BRITISH ARMY STAND IN BOXES IN SOUTHERN IRAQ. 
Tax free goods seized by the British Army stand in boxes after Iraqis
allegedly looted alcohol from the shops at the Basra International
Airport in southern Iraq, March 30, 2003. London responded on Sunday to
a warning from Iraq that suicide bombers could also target British and
U.S. soil in retaliation for the war by saying that it had no specific
information of such a threat in the U.K. REUTERS/POOL/Dan Chung

MD 
BRITAIN BETTING
RTR14OFZ 
October 06, 2001 
A BRITISH CUSTOMER PLACES A TAX FREE BET ON ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP
QUALIFIER MATCH AGAINST GREECE AT A... 
London, UK 
A BRITISH CUSTOMER PLACES A TAX FREE BET ON ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP
QUALIFIER MATCH AGAINST GREECE AT A... 
A BRITISH CUSTOMER PLACES A TAX FREE BET ON ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP
QUALIFIER MATCH AGAINST GREECE AT A BETTING SHOP IN LONDON.


A British customer places a tax free bet on England's World Cup
qualifier match against Greece at a betting shop in London October 6,
2001 The scrapping of the 35-year-old 9% tax on all bets, which came
into effect at midnight on Friday, will be replaced by a 15% tax on
bookmakers' gross profits. REUTERS/Stephen Hird 
BRITAIN
RTXJ2EW 
June 29, 1999 
A duty free merchandiser gives a customer advice on duty free shopping at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite... 
London, UK 
A duty free merchandiser gives a customer advice on duty free shopping at Gatwick airport June 29. ..... 
A duty free merchandiser gives a customer advice on duty free shopping at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite the European Union's decision to abolish tax and duty free shopping for travel within the EU on June 30, the British Airport Authority (BAA) will continue to offer shopping at tax and duty free prices for most products currently available.
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BRITAIN
RTXJ2EV 
June 29, 1999 
Brian Collie, retail director of British Airports Authority (BAA) poses with television celebrity Anthea... 
London, UK 
Brian Collie, retail director of British Airports Authority (BAA) poses with television celebrity An..... 
Brian Collie, retail director of British Airports Authority (BAA) poses with television celebrity Anthea Turner (R) with a basket of duty free goods at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite the European Union's decision to abolish tax and duty free shopping for travel within the EU on June 30, the BAA will continue to offer shopping at tax and duty free prices for most products currently available.
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BRITAIN
RTRQAI1 
June 29, 1999 
Brian Collie, retail director of British Airports Authority (BAA) poses with television celebrity Anthea... 
London, UK 
BRAIN COLLIA AND ANTHEA TURNER POSE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS AT GATWICK AIRPORT. 
Brian Collie, retail director of British Airports Authority (BAA) poses with television celebrity Anthea Turner (R) with a basket of duty free goods at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite the European Union's decision to abolish tax and duty free shopping for travel within the EU on June 30, the BAA will continue to offer shopping at tax and duty free prices for most products currently available.

PH/PS/JDP 
BRITAIN
RTRQAHT 
June 29, 1999 
A duty free merchandiser gives a customer advice on duty free shopping at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite... 
London, UK 
A DUTY FREE MERCHANDISER GIVES A CUSTOMER ADVICE AT GATWICK. 
A duty free merchandiser gives a customer advice on duty free shopping at Gatwick airport June 29. Despite the European Union's decision to abolish tax and duty free shopping for travel within the EU on June 30, the British Airport Authority (BAA) will continue to offer shopping at tax and duty free prices for most products currently available.

PH/PS 
EUROPE
RTXH3J3 
December 01, 1997 
Protestors hold placards during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe... 
Protestors hold placards during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europ..... 
Protestors hold placards during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels December 1 to protest against plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping. 
EUROPE
RTXH3J2 
December 01, 1997 
About 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe gather in Brussels December 1 to protest plans to... 
About 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe gather in Brussels December 1 to protest plans to..... 
About 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe gather in Brussels December 1 to protest plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping. 
RTRU066 
December 01, 1997 
A protestor holds a flare during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe... 
Belgium 
A PROTESTOR HOLDS A FLARE DURING A DEMONSTRATION 
A protestor holds a flare during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels December 1 to protest at plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping.

EUROPE DUTY FREE 
RTR97BA 
December 01, 1997 
Protestors of the French trade union CFDT shout during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers... 
Belgium 
TRANSPORT WORKERS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE PROTEST 
Protestors of the French trade union CFDT shout during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels December 1, to protest against plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping.

EUROPE DUTY FREE 
RTR97AS 
December 01, 1997 
A protestor shouts during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels... 
Belgium 
ABOUT 2,000 TRANSPORT WORKERS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE PROTEST 
A protestor shouts during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels December 1 to protest at plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping.

EUROPE DUTY FREE 
RTR979S 
December 01, 1997 
Protestors hold placards during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe... 
Belgium 
ABOUT 2,000 TRANSPORT WORKERS FROM ALL OVER EUROPE PROTEST 
Protestors hold placards during a demonstration by about 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe in Brussels December 1 to protest against plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping.

EUROPE DUTY FREE 
RTR979M 
December 01, 1997 
About 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe gather in Brussels December 1 to protest plans to... 
Belgium 
EUROPEAN TRANSPORT WORKERS PROTEST PLANS TO ABOLISH DUTY FREE 
About 2,000 transport workers from all over Europe gather in Brussels December 1 to protest plans to abolish duty free sales within the European Union. The protestors marched between the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council of Ministers, where EU finance ministers are meeting, as part of their campaign to save tax free shopping.

EUROPE DUTY FREE 
RTR8I6Q 
November 10, 1997 
Sir John Egan, BAA plc chief executive, adjusts his tie while posing with other BAA employees sporting... 
United Kingdom 
BAA CHIEF EXECUTIVE SIR JOHN EGAN TRIES ON NEW COAT 
Sir John Egan, BAA plc chief executive, adjusts his tie while posing with other BAA employees sporting the new security staff uniforms November 10. The airports and duty free shops today announced that the company has made profits before tax of 310 pounds sterling in the six months to September 30.

BRITAIN BAA 
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