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Brick production and deliveries in the uk totalled 734 million and 688 million respectively in 1999's first quarter, says the detr. Brick stocks were at 1.1 billion.

som's 88-storey, 414m Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai stands on1062 steel pipes driven as far as 83.5m into the ground.

18 per cent of households are classed as deprived by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 27 per cent of the jobless are long-term unemployed, and 11 per cent of children are in lone-parent households.

64 per cent of men and 73 per cent of women have a home pc, and 17 million people will be on the Internet by 2003, says automative distributor Autobytel uk. 15 per cent of users cybershop.

A glass of orange juice needs two glasses of oil to get it to your table. A gallon of petrol contains enough energy to make around seven bricks, says Brian Edwards, the riba's sustainability adviser.

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