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'Snow effect' latest blow to Britain's sagging economy

Wintry weather hit businesses and travellers across Britain for a fourth day on Monday, and the resulting loss of working days and drop in business could push the first quarter of 2013 into the red yet again.

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A newspaper seller walks in the snow in central London Jan. 21, 2013. A wintry burst of weather hit businesses and travellers across Britain for a fourth day on Monday, threatening an unprecedented “triple-dip” recession that could knock the government's economic plans further off track.

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A closed sign hangs on the gate of Booth Wood school after snowfall in Loughborough, central England Jan. 21, 2013. Some 3,000 schools were closed, forcing parents to stay at home to look after children.

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A flock of sheep huddle together in a snow-covered field in southern Scotland Jan. 21, 2013. Further light snowfalls are forecast through Monday and Tuesday.

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A traffic sign warning of a road closure sits in the snow near Dryburgh in southern Scotland Jan. 21, 2013.

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An airport worker clears ice and snow from an aircraft’s wings as a snowplow clears snow from the apron at Manchester Airport in Manchester, northern England Jan. 21, 2013. British Airways has cancelled 350 flights since Friday, largely at the request of London’s Heathrow airport, which has little room to reschedule delayed flights.

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A snowplow clears snow from the apron at Manchester Airport.

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Commuters trudge over a bridge across the River Thames in the snow in central London Jan. 21, 2013.

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An underground sign is seen through the branches of a snow-covered tree in central London. Shop owners and workers in central London’s main shopping destination said trade had been hit heavily since the beginning of the bad weather on Friday.

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A train passes through snow-covered fields near Manchester. In southern England, commuter operators were operating reduced services and only six of every 10 of those were running on time.

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A hunter shelters under a bridge during a snowstorm in the Glens of Antrim near Cargan, Northern Ireland Jan. 21, 2013.

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A man clears snow from his street in Knaresborough, northern England Jan. 21, 2013.

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A snowplow drives through drifting snow as it clears the A68 road near Lauder in southern Scotland Jan. 21, 2013.

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A man skis through Valley Gardens in Harrowgate, northern England Jan. 21, 2013.

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