By and  on September 2, 2014

LONDON — For British consumers, it appears that the heightened threat of terrorist strikes isn’t enough to prevent them from keeping calm and going about their shopping habits.

On Friday, the British government raised the country’s threat level from international terrorism to “severe,” from “substantial,” meaning that the threat of a terrorist attack went from being “a strong possibility,” to “highly likely.” The new level came in the wake of continued unrest in the Middle East, including the threat from the militant group Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. It is the first time in three years that the threat level has been set as high as “severe” in the U.K., and Britain’s prime minister David Cameron said in a speech Friday that the threat was in part from individuals who “travel from Britain to Syria and Iraq, [take] part in terrorist acts and now come back to threaten our security here at home.”

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