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lArchitectural practices have an average profit margin of just 6.5 per cent, according to researcher Plimsoll Publishing.

However, there is an elite group of 70 unnamed firms that has an average profit of 31.2 per cent, the research found.

lLondon's Victoria and Albert Museum has broken all previous records with its new blockbuster Art Deco exhibition. In the show's first four weeks it attracted more than 100,000 visitors, each spending on average £20 in the museum shop.

lArsenal FC's troubled plans to build a new stadium at Ashburton Grove will cost the club £400 million. In a last ditch effort to save the scheme, the club has announced it is attempting to raise £317 million from investors and banks in the City of London.

lA report by the police officer's trade union the Police Federation has found that only 22 per cent of officers want to routinely carry guns. It also revealed that 47 per cent of frontline officers backed the mandatory wearing of body armour.

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