[ 2005-08-18 09:44 ]
Economists working for the Mayor of London forecast last month's deadly
attacks will cost the city's economy up to 300 million pounds (540 million
dollars, 440 million euros), a newspaper said.
But the Financial
Times added that the predicted economic loss of between 200 and 300
million pounds was far short of the 600-million-pound slump in business
suffered by London before, during and immediately after the Iraq war.
"Six weeks after the July 7 attacks killed 56 people, including four
suicide bombers, the Greater London Authority (GLA) accepts there has been
some downturn," the economic daily reported.
句中的 "downturn" means a reduction in the amount or success of something,
such as a country's economic activity"（尤指经济方面的）衰退；下降趋势"。如：There is a
evidence of downturn in the building trade/house