CHRISTMAS ECONOMIZING

CHRISTMAS ECONOMIZING

Royal cost-cutting in Britain has reached a new personal - and practical - level, Reuters reports.

Queen Elizabeth II has decided against giving Christmas puddings from the upscale Harrods department store to some 1,400 members of her staff.Instead, after a taste-testing, the queen decreed that the 9,000 pounds of gift fruit puddings should be bought at Tesco, a more economical supermarket chain. Tesco not only got the sale, but the publicity also caused a run on the puddings by ordinary Britons.

The royal family, meanwhile, plans to dine on a Christmas pudding made by its own kitchen staff.