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Chinese bank cards(UnionPay银联卡) accepted at Selfridges

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Selfridges today became the first department store in Britain to accept China’s only debit and credit card brand.

由于目前来自中国客户的购买力逐渐加强,继法国老佛爷之后,英国Selfridges购物商场也引进了中国银联卡系统来直接进行刷卡消费,不过据非官方称需要是美金银联卡。

Until now, China Union Pay – the only Chinese bank card to operate as Visa and Mastercard do in Europe – had been accepted by only a few small businesses, making Britain the only major European nation not to welcome it.

Stores on the continent that have adopted CUP, including Galeries Lafayette in Paris, found they doubled sales to Chinese customers within the first year of trading with the system.

Selfridges claims to have seen double-digit growth in sales to Chinese customers each year since 2008. A spokesman for the retailer said: “We are very excited by the CUP system. We have one-year department store exclusivity in the UK.”

Can’t wait to try my UnionPay debit card out this weekend!

Reference:

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23839978-chinese-credit-card-accepted-at-selfridges.do

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Gordon Brown resigns as UK prime minister

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Gordon Brown has announced he is resigning as UK prime minister.

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Gordon Brown's Political Career

His decision comes as the Tories and Liberal Democrats are poised to agree a deal to form a government.

Labour’s attempts to negotiate a deal of their own with the Lib Dems, after last week’s inconclusive election result, ended in failure on Tuesday.

BROWN’S CV:

Born: 20 February 1951
Educated: Kirkcaldy High School, Edinburgh University
Family: Married, two sons (daughter died shortly after birth)
1972: Rector, Edinburgh University
1975: Temporary lecturer
1976: Politics lecturer,Glasgow College of Technology
1980: Television journalist, STV current affairs
1983: Labour MP, Dunfermline East
1985: Opposition front bench trade and industry spokesman
1987: Shadow chief secretary to the Treasury
1989: Shadow trade and industry spokesman
1992: Shadow chancellor
1997: Chancellor

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