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Sanderson, which holds the rights to original designs by William Morris, has gone into receivership after 143 years of trading. Its archive of more than 25,000 original textile and wallpaper designs also includes work by Voysey and Pugin.

About 180 jobs have gone in Bolton and Blackburn and up to 180 more could go long term.

Most of the 23,000 homes per year proposed within the Greater London Authority's Draft Local Plan are likely to be flats close to public transport, says a report commissioned by developer St George.

Germans make more trips abroad than any other nationality, with their 70 million journeys a year putting the Americans'58 million in the shade.Britons came third with 54 million, said a Mintel survey.

House prices have risen by almost 13 per cent in England and Wales in the past year, the Land Registry says.However, the growth is slowing: it was 19.7 per cent in January to March compared with 22.2 per cent for the same period a year ago.

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