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The top 20 law firms earned about £3 billion of the total £5.03 billion fees made in the year to April 1999. The Lawyer said the top 100 firms passed the £5 billion mark for the first time.

The Government will lose £10 billion a year - a fifth - in vat because of Internet shopping. The Institute of Directors says it will be hard to track electronic commerce transactions.

An extra two to three million tourists will come to Britain next year, mostly to visit the Millennium Dome. The Government estimates it will generate an extra £300 to £500 million in visitor spending.

Total construction in floor area has almost doubled in 18 months, but spec development has risen only marginally, says Drivers Jonas. Total amount of space being built this July was 445,000m2, up from 254,000m2 in July 1997. Last December was the peak at 475,000m2.

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