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An astonishing 84 per cent of senior executives in the UK admit they cannot tell employees that are good at their jobs from those that are not, according to research for management consultancy firm McKinsey.

Taylor Woodrow, Britain's third-largest housebuilder, has reported a 15 per cent rise in profits over 2002.The hike, it says, is part of a nationwide acceleration in construction of new homes.

Women will head nearly 34 per cent of companies in Britain by 2006, a survey by the women in business lobby group Aurora has found.The poll of the group's members found 'it is only a matter of time before superior female qualifications result in further advancement'.

Nearly 78 per cent of British businesses claim not to have benefited from tax breaks introduced by the Labour government to encourage the economy, a poll by the Institute of Directors has concluded.

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