With the fall of the pound, British consumers are in for a shock

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LONDON - Family business owners like Stephen Bowles say the timing of the pound's plunge couldn't be worse.

The freight hauler, whose family business operates at Heathrow, Europe's largest airport, says a resulting five-pence per litre increase in the price of fuel for his 40-truck fleet will add as much as 50,000 pounds ($62,000) a year to his costs. Plus it comes as his trucks start to import goods for the Christmas holidays.

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