Japan store hopes crystal car beats shopping gloom

Newswire

TOKYO, Oct 29 (Reuters Life!) - With Japan's economy slipping into recession, one department store hopes to brighten the mood by putting on show a car studded with 300,000 crystals. A Mercedes-Benz shimmering with Swarovski crystal glass has gone on display at Sogo's main shop in Osaka as part of a campaign to raise spirits before the Christmas shopping season. "Every retailer is having a tough time," a Sogo spokeswoman in the western city said. "But it's our job to cheer people up." ...

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