Shameless Shelf Promotion

[Hong Kong, September 29. Image via Getty]

Girls covered in body paint work during a promotion to encourage retail sales at a shopping centre in Hong Kong on September 29, 2009. According to statistics released by the government, the value of total retail sales in August 2009, provisionally estimated at 22.7 billion Hong Kong dollars, (2.9 billion USD) decreased by 0.2 percent when compared with a year earlier. After netting out the effect of price changes over the same period, the volume of total retail sales decreased by 1.0 percent in August 2009 when compared with a year earlier. AFP PHOTO/ Antony DICKSON (Photo credit should read ANTONY DICKSON/AFP/Getty Images)