"30m boom in bazaar city May 24 2005
By Tony Barrett, Liverpool Echo
THERE is hardly anything that can't be bought and sold on the streets of Istanbul.
The sprawling Turkish city undoubtedly retains the mercantile spirit which allowed the Ottoman Empire to flourish before crumbling at the start of the 20th century.
There are thought to be more shops in Istanbul than in almost any other European city, selling everything even the most prolific of shoppers could imagine.
And trade is not restricted to the bazaars, market stalls and chain stores.
Everywhere you look, there seems to be a salesman offering the latest Louis Vuitton bags and DVDs of films not even in the cinemas yet - all the best possible fakes, of course."
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