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Royal Baby Promises to Boost England’s Economy

iStockphoto(LONDON) -- England's tourism industry is happily awaiting the soon-to-be royal baby as the Duchess of Cambridge prepares to give birth.

Proceeds from tourism and product sales related to the birth are expected to pump nearly $400 million dollars into the British economy, ABC's Bianna Golodryga reports.

Experts are predicting that $90 million alone will be spent on some three million bottles of champagne purchased to toast the baby's birth.

“It's very important for the economy, because it generates a lot of people coming to this country, particularly from America, that are fascinated with anything to do with the royal family,” said Steve Margo with the Athenaeum Hotel, which is right across the street from Buckingham Palace.

“From a business point of view, the Royal family is one of our best exports,” Margo added.

Margo said that more than two thirds of the Athenaeum Hotel’s guests come from The United States, and he expects a large number of guest this summer are coming specifically because of the royal baby, hoping that they’ll be able get a glance.

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Agency Bans Dior Mascara Ad Featuring Natalie Portman

Scott Barbour/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A Christian Dior mascara ad featuring actress Natalie Portman has been banned in England after rival makeup company L’Oreal complained that the magazine ad was misleading and exaggerated.

L’Oreal complained to Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority, the independent agency that regulates advertising across all media and that takes action against advertisements that are misleading, harmful or offensive.

The ad for DiorShow New Look mascara showed Portman with a lush, thick fringe of long lashes, and claimed the makeup would deliver a spectacular volume-multiplying effect, lash by lash.  L’Oreal believed it “misleadingly exaggerated the likely effects of the product,” according to the ruling posted on the authority’s website this week.

Dior said it hadn’t received any complaints from consumers, which the company believed demonstrated that the ad didn’t go beyond the “likely consumer expectations of what was achievable with the product,” the ruling said, adding that Dior claimed the ad was stylized and “aspirational.”

Dior told the Advertising Standards Authority that Portman’s natural lashes were digitally retouched in post-production to lengthen and curve them.

Both companies declined to comment to ABC News.

“There is a line they know not to cross,” Lisa Granatstein, managing editor of AdWeek, told ABC News.  “When they do cross it, that’s when the problems happen.”

The advertising authority said it considered that the ad’s claims, along with Portman’s image, “would be understood to mean that the mascara could lengthen the lashes, as well as separate them, increase their thickness and volume, and generally enhance lash appearance.”

Because the ad was likely to mislead, it must not appear again in its current form, the authority ruled.

The agency has also banned other makeup advertisements featuring stars such as Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington.

In the United States, experts say, ads such as the Dior one are everywhere but companies are less reluctant to call each other out for making false claims.

“It’s freedom of speech here in the United States and it’s really an excuse for anything from deceptive campaign advertising to mascara advertising,” Granatstein said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


T-Mobile Customer Trashes Store Over Refund Refusal

Image credit: YouTube Channel Niall42(MANCHESTER, England) -- When a T-Mobile customer in Manchester, England, learned he would not get a refund, instead of writing an angry review on Yelp he tore apart the store, using a fire extinguisher to spray the place.

Jason Codner, 42, got into a “verbal altercation with members of staff and started to damage items in the store,” according to the Greater Manchester Police in the United Kingdom.

A cell phone video uploaded to YouTube showed Codner tearing down wall displays, ripping apart items and using a fire extinguisher to spray items in the store.

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On Saturday at 4:25 P.M., “police were called to T-Mobile store on Market Street in Manchester City Centre to reports of an aggressive customer,” the police said.

Codner, of Cannon Green Court, Salford, was charged for criminal damage and public order offenses.  He is due to appear at Salford and Manchester Magistrates Court on July 31, 2012.

A spokesman for T-Mobile told CNET that no one was injured and the dispute was over a refund that the store refused to give Codner “as it was clearly outside of the stated terms and conditions.” The company hopes to re-open the store soon.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


American Tourism to London Up 20% for Royal Wedding, Experts Say

Niall Carson - WPA Pool / Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- From coast to coast, on British and U.S. airlines alike, Americans are heading to Great Britain in droves.

An estimated 600,000 tourists are expected in London this week because of the royal wedding, and many of them are from the United States. The number of Americans visiting London is up 20 percent this month, thanks to Prince William and Kate Middleton, tourism experts say.

For most U.S. tourists, the journey won't come cheap. Roundtrip tickets start at about $800 and hotel rooms can cost several hundred a night.

But those looking to cut costs can rough it at Camp Royale, London's official wedding campground. For $121, travelers can camp for three nights and have access to hot showers, clean toilets and free tea. They can also glam up that experience by renting luxury tents -- complete with service -- that start at about $1,800 for three nights.

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