Fringe ticket sales fall by 10%
The Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive event here in the UK. It is known worldwide as one of the top theater festivals, and is a prominent spotlight for new playwrights.
However this year a limping worlwide economy and terrible August weather in the UK resulted in the biggest downturn in ticket sales in eight years.
Ticket sales at this year's Edinburgh Fringe were down by almost 10% - the first fall in eight years.
Bad weather, the poor global economy, competition from the Olympics and problems at the Fringe box office were all cited as factors in the downturn.
The Fringe sold more than 1.5 million tickets for the third year running but that was down from 1.7 million in 2007.
Fringe director Jon Morgan said he was delighted with the overall figures in what he had been a "difficult year".
He also pointed to the increasing number of free fringe events which are not included in the final tally.