Many pubs in rural towns are reporting takings down by 30% because of the foot-and-mouth crisis and brewers are becoming concerned at falling beer consumption.

Jennings Brothers in Cockermouth, Cumbria, has already reduced output.

McDonald's, meanwhile, has pulled a new television commercial because it seemed "unsuitable" during the epidemic.

The Sunday Times 18/03/01

pages 12 & 13,

page 3.9 (Business