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The result has been almost no one having credit and the banks, hedge funds, and modern bucket shops being paid handsomely for the privilege.
But that's not to say that The Bucket Shop isn't open to reaching out to new clientele or markets.
Both businesses, the Bucket Shop and Steeltec, share staff and are operated by United Supply, which also operates a full-line industrial, commercial, institutional and residential cleaning and supply division called Swish.
Online bucket shop lastminute.com yesterday reported a surge in subscriber numbers and a slight narrowing of losses for the first three months of the year.
Long-suffering investors in online bucket shop lastminute.com were also given a boost after the company issued well-received first quarter figures and announced a link-up with thomascook.com.
Online bucket shop lastminute.com fared well after announcing its first set of full-year figures as a publicly quoted company, up 61/1p at 78p.
And investors in online bucket shop Lastminute.com received a welcome respite from the dotcom's sliding share price as it unveiled new technology to power its website, lifting the shares eight per cent, or 51/1p, to 771/1p.
Online bucket shop lastminute.com has linked up BT and voice-recognition experts Nuance to develop a web site to which people can talk.
While the company became famous as an online holiday bucket shop, sales of other goods and services have risen and now account for almost half its transactions.
The latest are two Oxford University graduates who set up an on-line bucket shop.
The malaise on our High Street which has seen the humbling of British Retailing's flagship stores has coincided with the rise of American-style bucket shop boutiques which peddle only the slip-shod and the unsightly.
It specialises in services not usual in a bucket shop - allocated seating and special needs.