Companies in the FTSE 100 spent £818.15 million on charitable causes in the community during 2002 - almost a third higher than in the previous year. That represents 0.8 per cent of the companies'combined pre-tax profits.
The £1.62 billion GCHQ building designed by Gensler will take most of the intelligence service's £1.63 billion budget in 2003-04. The doughnut-plan construction, opened in Cheltenham in September, houses 1,000 of GCHQ's 2,400 staff. Its soaring costs were criticised by the National Audit Office in July.
About 6.8 million adults, half of them aged over 30, still live with their parents, according to a survey by the insurer Prudential.
A 2.4m high office Christmas tree costs an average of £80 in London, £16 more than in Newcastle, the Office for National Statistics says. East Anglia has the priciest clothes, whereas bills for utilities such as gas and electricity are highest in remote regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and the West Country.