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There is little that we can say for definite about 2009, as we begin the year in unprecedented circumstances. What began as a banking crisis has become hard reality for many, as familiar high street names go bust. Indeed, the credit crunch is now permeating the whole economy, and the coal industry has not certainly been exempt from this.


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There is little that we can say for definite about 2009, as we begin the year in unprecedented circumstances. What began as a banking crisis has become hard reality for many, as familiar high street names go bust. Indeed, the credit crunch is now permeating the whole economy, and the coal industry has not certainly been exempt from this.