Sales of fake goods soar

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The number of fake goods in the UK is soaring, according to statistics released by the European Commission (EC).

According to an EC report, Customs & Excise seizures of counterfeits have risen by 147 per cent in the past year.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) which is drawing attention to the figures, says that the figures show "the total number of goods seized in the UK in 2003 was a massive 1,543,953, compared to 623,433 in 2002 and 466,427 in 2001."

Bootleg CDs and DVDs from Asia Are the most widely detected counterfeit goods, with "clothes, cosmetics and toys" also prevalent. Half of clothes seized came from Thailand, followed by China and Turkey, and brands most bootlegged are Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Nike.

FPB Chief Executive Nick Goulding said small firms "are paying a heavy...

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