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Basingstoke, in Hampshire, is to invest £300 million in a project to persuade the world it is not boring, with the slogan 'The Future is Exciting - Be Part of It'. Spending will include £200 million to redevelop the town centre.

Investment in new facilities at Heathrow Airport is running at more than £1 million a day, according to Roger Cato, managing director of baa Heathrow.

Celebrating the Millennium will cost every man, woman and child in the uk the equivalent of £68, says the Millennium Commission. Nearly half the money will come from proceeds from the National Lottery.

Germany's building industry is anticipating another year of recession. After annual redundancies of 100,000 over the past two years, it predicts another 70,000-100,000 job losses in 1998.

The world's largest car park is nearing completion. The short-stay, multi-storey car park at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia offers 250,000m2 of parking in four blocks, each seven storeys high.

The number of homes for sale is at its lowest level for 15 years, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors . . .

. . . but building societies have had a bumper year, with more new savings than in the three previous years combined. Net receipts for 1998 were £12.48 billion.

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