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Romantic Britons are set to spend £503 million on Valentine's Day.The research from Yorkshire Bank estimates that: £18.6 million will be spent on cards; £35.3 million on chocolates; £139.8 million on flowers; £14.2 on lingerie; and £35.5 on fragrances.

The cost of the average UK home is £100,000, according to the Halifax.The first house price survey, held in 1956, revealed an average of £2,230.

London's West End is the most expensive area to rent property in the world according to a survey from property services company DTZ.The West End average is £1,000/m2.The second spot is taken by the City of London (£890/m2) and central Tokyo came in third (£741/m2).

63 per cent of small- and medium-sized businesses are now online.The figures from telecom watchdog Oftel showed an 8 per cent increase from last May.

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