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Two-fifths of people are more attracted to a home with good Feng Shui and half of those would pay more for it, says a Franklin + Andrews' survey. Three per cent would pay 4-5 per cent more, 5 per cent would pay 2-3 per cent more, and 12 per cent would pay 1-2 per cent more.

Carbon dioxide emissions fell by 7 per cent from 1990-95: 168 to 157 million tonnes. This was mainly through greater use of gas and nuclear- generated electricity and less coal. Emissions rose 3 per cent in 1996 because of the cold winter.

This August saw around 13,000 homes started in the uk compared with 14,900 last August, says the detr. Completions numbered 12,800 compared with 13,100 last year.

Money for countryside and rural development will rise from £128 million this year to £146 million in 1999/2000, £162 million by 2001 and £174 million by 2002. The increase will be a third over three years, says the detr.

Total volume of new orders received by contractors for building work in the three months to August 1998 was 6 per cent higher than the three months to this May. August's volume of new orders was around 2150 million tonnes.

Total supply of commercial office space in central London has dropped from 930,000m2 to 780,000m2 in the third quarter, says global property consultant Richard Ellis, which believes fears of a crash are premature.

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