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lNearly half of homeowners in the UK are in a financial position that would be defined as 'poor', according to research carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

lBritain's trade deficit widened to an all-time record high of £4 billion last year.Announcing the new figures, government statisticians blamed the bad news on the global downturn and recession in the manufacturing industry.

lWestminster City Council believes that last year's census underestimated the number of residents within its boundaries. It has told the government that there are at least 60,000 residents missing from the official population count.

lBy 2020,33 per cent of energy consumed by China's population of 1.3 billion will be used in the servicing of residential and commercial buildings, new statistics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have shown.

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