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Why Britain keeps drinking coffee

The recession in Britain has hit the high street hard - forcing many businesses to close their doors. However, the same cannot be said for coffee shops.

In the past year, some of the biggest chains have been bucking the trend, opening more than a 150 stores across the UK. So is coffee the small luxury that people just will not go without?

The BBC's Chief Economics Correspondent, Hugh Pym, reports.

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