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Cornered Out?

The Patels in London face a possible loss of livelihood

Cornered Out?
Cornered Out?
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The war is on and no one knows yet what the outcome will be. Some of Britain's biggest publishers are at loggerheads with their biggest distributor. But whatever the eventual fallout, it is becoming increasingly clear that there will definitely be one loser—the Patels, the expat Indian business community which has excelled in London with their ‘corner shops'.
The tussle between giant distributor W.H. Smith and the publishers of The Daily Mail seems only the beginning of a shake-up in the distribution world of Britain's publications. W.H. Smith are moving to take control of retail as well as distribution, tying up with supermarket chains for alternative circuits of sale and also providing for online distribution networking.
The impending change threatens the good old newsagent, who is most likely to be a Patel than anyone else. A study conducted by Prof Paul Dobson of Loughborough University says that W.H. Smith's moves are likely to close down the businesses of an estimated 12,000 newsagents. Of these, more than 10,000 are Indians, the majority among them being...
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