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The building industry has been ranked the business sector most likely to offer bribes to win contracts in developing countries, in a survey of business corruption. On a scale of zero to 10 with zero the worst, construction scored 1.5. Farming came out cleanest with a score of 6.

Only 39 per cent of motorists would use their cars less if public transport were better, a drop from 45 per cent at the time of rail privatisation, an rac survey of 1600 drivers has revealed. This is despite the fact that rac concludes road congestion costs the country £23 billion annually.

uk consumers spent £175 million on Christmas presents purchased over the internet last year, with 1.8 million people spending £97 each on average.

Sixty-nine per cent of the population said it did not want to exchange the pound sterling for the euro, in an icm poll of 1000 people.

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