Ramadan rush: Mega-rich shoppers descend on London

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In this Friday, June 20, 2014 photo, people walk around a shopping mall in west London. London has long attracted big spenders. But every year around the holy month of Ramadan, which starts this weekend, a surge of spectacularly rich Middle Eastern shoppers arrive and take retail therapy to a whole new level _ complete with an entourage of bodyguards, chauffeurs, and Gulf-registered Rolls-Royces and Ferraris flown in just for the occasion. It’s a huge and growing market for British shops, luxury hotels and restaurants, and many welcome the big spenders with exclusive products and VIP services like translators and personal shopping managers. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)LONDON (AP) — Before the fast, let there be a shopping feast.


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