Monday, May 22, 2006

Street markets 'more powerful than supermarkets'

The Independent

By Maxine Frith, Social Affairs Correspondent

Local street markets generate twice as many jobs as big supermarkets and sell goods at half the price of the supposedly cut-price retail giants, research shows.
Planning decisions that favour the building of huge outlets over established smaller markets could result in fewer jobs and less choice for local communities, a report by the think-tank the New Economics Foundation (NEF) warned.
The report adds to the growing backlash against retail giants such as Tesco and Asda, amid concerns that independent traders are being forced out of business by unethical practices.


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