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The unlikely stars bucking the High Street slump

Image caption Quirky gifts feature heavily nowadays in museum shops As consumers, we are spending more of our money on what we do rather than on what we wear. The beneficiary – an unlikely star bucking the downturn in retail – is the humble museum and gallery shop. Once stocked with little more than key rings and badges for visiting schoolchildren, they now offer designer homeware and exclusive gifts. They attract shoppers looking for presents with a cultural touch, or something different to the wares of a homogeneous High Street.…

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Where pubs are bucking the trend of decline

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat’s keeping Highland pubs going? Pubs in the Highlands appeared to be bucking a UK-wide trend of pub and bar closures. Since 2008, almost a quarter of pubs in the UK have shut according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) analysis. But the study shows that in the Highlands there are 14% more pubs than there were 10 years ago. Paul Waterson, of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, said a major factor behind the growth was that the pubs had done well…

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