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Seven hundred and fifty-eight million bricks were made and 835 million delivered in Great Britain in the third quarter of 1999, says the detr. Production and deliveries in the third quarter were up from the second by 7.5 per cent and 6 per cent, respectively.

National Historic Ships Committee has named 1500 boats in a new register of ships worth preserving. They include the Cutty Sark, HMS Belfast and Brunel's 1843 liner the Great Britain.

There are 120 listed cinema buildings out of a total of 551 cinemas in the country with 2070 screens, says English Heritage. In 1946 there were 4036 cinemas and around 1/10th of the population could be seated in them at any one time.

About 260,000m2 of retail-warehouse park floorspace is now expected to be finished in 1999 compared with a scheduled total of more than 500,000m2 at the year's start, says cb Hillier Parker.

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