The world's biggest roller coaster, the £28 million Odyssey 2001, has been given planning permission near Skegness. The 2-minute ride through 1350m of looping and corkscrewing steel track runs at 125km/h and at heights of 59m.
The rental sector faces a downturn, says the rics, which reports that only 16 per cent of surveyors expect demand to increase in the next three months.
Profitability among British firms reached record levels in the first quarter of the year, with the average return on capital climbing from 14.07 per cent to 14.18 per cent. Information company Experian says construction profitability rose from 14.11 to 14.82 per cent.
The percentage of shops open on Sunday has passed 50 per cent for the first time in British history, says Healey & Baker. It leaped up from 49.5 per cent a year ago to 54.2 per cent now.