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Construction industry output continued to grow in the fourth quarter of last year, but there are signs of a slowdown on the horizon, according to the Construction Federation.

Canary Wharf in London's Docklands now has a working population of 21,600, expected to rise to 33,000 by 2000. The existing development is 98 per cent let.

The government has spent £2.3 million on moving to and refurbishing the Department of Agriculture's new office. £100,000 was spent on the hire of furniture removal vans.

Ownership of mobile phones is expected to rise from the current 7.5 million to 12.5 million by 2003, or one for every two cars. Research from the Transport Research Laboratory says drivers who drink up to the legal alcohol limit are no more of a safety risk than drivers using mobile phones.

Wates City of London Properties has made a one-for-three cash call to raise £60 million - to fund its Santiago Calatrava-designed office building, City Point.

Eleven million people visited National Trust Properties last year. Just under 6 million visited staffed English Heritage sites, with 2.5 million visiting the Tower of London alone.

In 1996 there were 1.8 million single men in the US with custody of their children, up from 400,000 in 1970, according to the US Census Bureau. The US has 2 million stay-at-home dads.

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