Belfast Telegraph

Golden days for UK pawnbroker

One of the UK's biggest pawnbrokers unveiled higher profits after it said its business benefited from a lack of lending by high street banks.

Reading-based Albemarle -amp; Bond, which has 174 stores and around 40 gold-buying pop-up shops, said its area of the market, which also includes payday loans, had been helped by the volatile and tough economic climate.