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Building tender prices are set to jump by 2.8 per cent in the next 12 months, according to forecasts by the consultancy firm E C Harris.

Some21 per cent more surveyors reported a rise in work in the past quarter than reported a drop, a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors membership poll has claimed.

Nearly 22,000 firms went bust in the first half of this year, up by 8.2 per cent on the same period in 2001, according to a new report from the business information company D&B.

Some70 per cent of office workers 'prefer'to stay at their desks during lunch and eat homemade sandwiches rather than go to a pub or restaurant or buy a sandwich, according to research by Abbey National.

The earth's population will be forced to colonise two extra planets within 50 years if the current rate of resource exploitation continues, a WWF report has claimed.

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