God punished the UK with snow, in winter, of all seasons, so everyone got to stay home to practice being unemployed. Also the snow disrupted labor unrest in Lincolnshire, which proves he hates communists.
Twenty million migrant laborers have lost their jobs in China and left cities go be poor with their families.
Mattel's profits plummeted as parents opt for those sucky 25 cent gumball machine toys as opposed to actual ones.
*Hm. No link on the website for this story, which led me to believe it was the best made-up pre-firing article ever written. But The Daily Telegraph reported it, too.