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This September 5,800 homes were started in Great Britain compared with 15,000 a year ago. The detr adds that completions numbered 13,600 compared with 14,000 during the previous year.

Cunard's new superliner is expected to be the biggest passenger ship ever built, weighing more than 142,000 tonnes. It will be 330m long, carry 2500 guests, be in service by 2003 and will probably be called Queen Mary 2.

Bruce Russell, the 55-year-old chairman and managing director of Taylor Woodrow's construction arm, is in line to win £500,000 compensation after a boardroom shake up, says the Daily Telegraph.

The volume of goods moved by domestic waterborne transport rose 18 per cent in 1998, says the detr. Total waterborne freight movements rose by 8.8 billion tonne-kilometres, up b y 18 per cent, to 56.9 billion tonne-kilometres.

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