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lThe Heathrow Terminal 5 inquiry cost £83.4 million.BAA and British Airways'bill reached £64 million. The cost to the taxpayer - for the inquiry inspector, staff and legal fees - was £6.2 million.

lLondon commuters wasted 6,735 years due to delays on the Tube last year, says a London Transport Users Committee report.

lAbout 125,000 jobs will be lost in New York this year because of the 11 September attacks, according to a report from the New York City Partnership, a local business group. It also expects the city to lose US$83bn (£57bn) over the next three years.

lA survey by the Sodexho Institute has revealed that the number of people working outside the typical 9am to 5pm day in Europe, the US and Asia has reached 17 per cent. In 1960 the figure was 8.5 per cent. The average retirement age will reach 72 by 2010. In 1960, it was 57; by 2000 it had risen to 59.

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