Whodathunkit: credit crunch and economic woes in the UK had actually spurred a spike in necktie sales! And here's why:
Richard Whitbread, marketing manager of Tie Rack, said: "Since the doom and gloom set in, sales of ties have picked up. We have seen a 10 per cent increase in sales over the last quarter.
"When people start to be more concerned about their jobs, they start to smarten up. Also a lot of people are looking for jobs at the moment."