SPECIAL DELIVERY: British officials are hoping that the impending royal birth will produce a bouncing baby buoy for the economy. The Duchess of Cambridge is due to give birth to an heir to the throne next month.
BABY BOOM: Happy occasions often boost consumer confidence. And happy national occasions with the royal family and a new heir hit an emotional jackpot in Britain.
NASCENT RECOVERY? Britain really could use some consumer confidence right now. The economy is so flat no one has any idea how to pick it up. It grew last quarter at the less-than-stunning rate of 0.3 percent.