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Nearly 11 per cent of homeowners plan to move in the next two years, despite continued reports that the housing market is set for an imminent dip, the latest figures from the Alliance & Leicester show.

The Centre for Economics and Business Research has predicted that up to 15,000 jobs will be lost in the City of London in the forthcoming year if the stock market continues its current slide.

One in five Britons suffers from 'financial phobia', a psychological condition preventing them sorting out their personal finances. And, according to research commissioned by online bank Egg, up to 43 per cent also show limited symptoms.

Workers took on average nine days off sick last year compared with 6.5 days in 2001, the Work Foundation has found. But the poll of 400 personnel managers showed that most employees would call in sick less often if their jobs were more flexible.

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