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Vital Statistics

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The cost of fire to the economy is £4 billion a year - £11 million for every day of the year, says the Fire Industry Council.

The value of diy labour supplied by households is estimated at £12 billion by Building Maintenance Information.

Maintenance expenditure has grown by 14.7 per cent since 1993 but is still 5.5 per cent down on the 1989 peak level, says Building Maintenance Information.

Sixty per cent of surveyors reported an increase in property prices in April compared to 8 per cent seeing a fall, says the RICS.

16 per cent of surveyors saw a drop in lease lengths over the last year compared with 11 per cent seeing an increase in the year to September 1998, says the RICS.

Building in Estonia will rise 3 per cent in 2000 and by 12 per cent in 2010, says European Construction Research.

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