Lego earnings skyrocket ... and so do its plastic figurines.
Lego earnings skyrocket ... and so do its plastic figurines. - 
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Italy might need a Greece-style bailout within six months. That’s the warning from Italy's second largest bank, MedioBanca, according to a report in Britain's Daily Telegraph.

LEGO… who doesn't love those little plastic bricks? But what do we know about the Danish company that makes the iconic toy? For one thing -- though it's hard to believe now -- LEGO almost went out of business in the early 2000s.

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