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Britain to sell Royal Mail

A postal worker carries a drinks mug as he leaves a sorting office in Altrincham, northern England.

Britain to Sell Royal Mail

Britain embarked on its largest privatization in

decades on Thursday as the government unveiled plans to sell the

majority of the near 500-year-old state-owned Royal Mail postal service.

The Department for Business said a stock market flotation would take

place in coming weeks, giving the public a chance to buy into the postal

network. Ten percent of the shares will be given to Royal Mail staff.

Reporting by REUTERS.