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London's West End is the most expensive place in the world to rent office space, according to property analyst CB Hillier Parker.

Space costs an average 25 per cent more than in central Tokyo, the next-priciest area.

lhe average British consumer has 35 per cent more spending power than they did in 1992. This represents the single biggest and most consistent rise since the 1950s, a study by market research firm Mintel has found.

The number of wind turbines in the UK is expected to double to 2,000 within the next two years, the British Wind Energy Association has predicted.

Managers are most likely to perpetrate company fraud, an Ernst & Young report has shown. It found that 55 per cent of frauds reported had involved middle management, while 85 per cent of those convicted had held their positions for less than a year.

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