An anonymous London architect and property developer has bought the uk's biggest private mansion, Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham, for £2 million, £500,000 more than the asking price.
A wooden beach hut with no running water or electricity has been sold for £47,000. It is one of around 350 at a holiday spot in Mudeford, Dorset
The number of firms going insolvent in England and Wales rose by 9.8 per cent from 3397 to 3729 in the first quarter, says the dti.
Total expenditure on maintenance in 1997 was £39,847 million, a rise of 2.7 per cent on 1996, says Building Maintenance Information.
One in three newly-weds fall asleep without having sex on their wedding night, says a survey by Glamour magazine. One in six said sex on that night was great.