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Applications to Voluntary Service Overseas from the building industry have risen by 68 per cent. The surge comes as the industry needs another 23,000 people to keep up with current projects, says vso.

An extra two million people will visit the uk for the millennium celebrations, says Chris Smith.

House prices rose by 0.1 per cent this month compared with a 1.4 per cent rise in January, says Nationwide building society. Prices rose by 6.8 per cent over the year to February.

Rail freight has risen by 16 per cent in half a year, says the detr, which is aiming to shift freight from lorries to trains.

The UK will be the most-represented nation at MIPIM 99, with 258 exhibitor firms registered to date. Exhibitors from Holland, the US and Italy are also strongly represented.

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