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03:20 Aug 5, 2004
German to English translations [PRO] Bus/Financial - Economics
German term or phrase:hausgemacht
The sentence reads:
"Der Absatzrückgang liege am Zigarettenschmuggel, sagt XXX. Das Problem sei teils hausgemacht, sagen Branchenkenner"
Homemade doesn't seem to be too idiomatic in this context. Thanks for your help.
Explanation: I don't think the point is that it's a "domestic" rather than a "foreign" problem - it is hausgemacht in the sense that the very people who are complaining about the problem (i.e. presumably the cigarette manufacturers or retailers) are the people who have created it (and therefore have the power to stop it).