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Barrett Developments completed 11,310 homes during the year ending 30 June 2001, an increase of six per cent compared with the previous year. They were sold at an average price of £127,400, up by 13 per cent.

E-commerce spending in the UK amounted to £2.73 billion during the second quarter of 2001, far outstripping many other European countries but dwarfed by the $91.55 billion (£62.1 billion) spent in the US.

A survey of more than 5,000 people who work at Canary Wharf showed that 11 per cent drive to work, compared with 16 per cent in 1999, prior to the opening of the Jubilee Line extension.

Nearly a quarter of respondents arrive at work before 8am.

The average price of a New York hotel room has fallen by one-third in the past year. The city's most expensive hotel, the St Regis, has cut rates by $200 (£135) to $390 (£264).

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