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The economic gloom is lifting, according to the latest figures from government economists. The economy grew by 0.6 per cent in the third quarter (JulySeptember) compared with 0.4 per cent in quarter two.

Sales of clay roof tiles have risen by 10.5 per cent in the year to August: 99.9 million tiles were sold, compared with 90.3 million last year.

Developers have nearly doubled the number of houses built in flood zones during the past year. The number of houses built in such areas has climbed to 22,800 from 13,700.

The chairman of insurer Lloyd's Names Association, Christopher Stockwell, has warned that its exposure to the 11 September disaster could reach £9 billion.

Building prices have risen by 6.6 per cent in the past year according to Davis Langdon & Everest's 'Tender Price Forecast'. It says tender prices will rise by 0-3 per cent in the next year.

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