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Around the world,802 brand new aircraft lie unsold - most of them lined up in the deserts of Arizona. Analysts reckon the US terrorist attacks are forcing banks to make US$10 billion (£7 billion) available to prop up airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

Airlines are facing 150 per cent increases in insurance premiums as a result of the attacks on the US. Analysts estimate the insurance industry could manage to pay out US$50 billion (£35 billion) before collapsing.

Two-fifths of all British homes pay for multi-channel TV, while three-fifths of homes with children do so.

PFI now accounts for more than 15 per cent of UK public spending. In 1994 the figure was about one per cent .

Demand for business travel by January 2002 will be just half what it has been over the past year, says a US trade group. Its survey also found that 12 per cent of firms had banned travel or were advising staff against it.

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