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Stats show no Olympic boom for British tourism

Updated: October 11, 2012, 9:39 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Statistics show that the Olympics failed to bring a surge in visitors to Britain, but those who did come spent more.

The Office for National Statistics says 3 million people came to Britain during August, 5 percent down on the year before. But earnings from visitors were 9 percent higher than in August 2011.

The Olympic Games ran July 27-Aug. 12, and the Paralympics Aug. 29-Sept. 9.

Many businesses complained of slow business during the games, and blamed predictions ...

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