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7:54am on Tuesday, 12th April, 2005:

Twice the Price


Q: What's a foot long and slippery?

A: A slipper.

Yesterday, I went to Marks & Spencer and bought a new pair of slippers. Yes, slippers: I've never made any claims to being cool. They were £11 a pair, which is quite stiff, but they were down from an even stiffer £13.

When I took them to the checkout, the sales assistant picked them up, turned them over, and scanned the barcode. She scanned the barcode on each slipper. She then asked me for £22. When I pointed out that slipper prices are generally for the pair, not the individual slipper, she said: "Oh, I thought they were expensive!".

M&S's like-for-like sales in the 13 weeks to 2 April were down 4.9% on the same period last year.

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