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Parents are set to spend an average of £127.12 buying presents for their offspring this Christmas, according to a survey published last week.Children have the most spent on them, followed by partners, who can expect gifts to the value of £114.58.

Depression, suffered by up to 2.6 million adults in the UK, is costing the British economy £9 billion a year, research by Imperial College London has found.Most of this is caused by time off work.

The British Library has claimed it benefits the economy to the tune of £363 million a year, four times its annual government subsidy.The research - which cost the library £150,000 - shows the majority of this comes from indirect contributions to scientific and academic innovations.

The population of China's biggest city, Shanghai, has broken the 20 million mark, a result of an estimated three million new jobseekers arriving in the city in the last year.Local authorities believe that only 13.5 million people are permanent; the majority of the rest are members of the country's mammoth floating workforce.

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