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Did you hear?… Many British retailers still struggling

Although the British government claimed it would help retailers who suffered during the height of the foot and mouth epidemic, not many have gotten anything, reported the country's trade group, Outdoor Industries Association.


Although the British government claimed it would help retailers who suffered during the height of the foot and mouth epidemic, not many have gotten anything, reported the country’s trade group, Outdoor Industries Association. Almost four in ten respondents (39 percent) reported approaching a local agency seeking assistance with business rates with less than two of 10 (17 percent) actually getting support. “Foot and mouth has been a disaster across the British countryside” said OIA chairman Andy Airey of George Fisher, a Lake District-based retailer which reduced staff to cope with the crisis. “While our own business has received help, many fellow members have not and it is only thanks to the high degree of co-operation between retailers and their suppliers that the number of actual failures within the sector has, to date, been relatively low”.