Retail researchers Verdict are predicting the impending nuptials of William and Kate could provide a £620m boost to the UK economy. Apparently, it will produce a 'feel-good factor' similar to that seen during the World Cup.
Travel and tourism will also see a rise - monarchy-related attractions generate about £500m a year for the British economy, which is expected to rise significantly next year as the wedding approaches.
Souvenirs are also a factor. Aynsley China has already begun manufacturing special fine bone china pieces (no doubt exquisite) - although if you’re after something a bit cheaper, eBay is selling mugs of the happy couple at a mere £7.95. And Woolworths (or its creditors) probably also has some merchandise knocking about, after it prematurely predicted Wills and Kate would get engaged in 2007 - just before they made a brief split.