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The five best-performing practices in terms of revenue increases over the last four years are Swanke Haydn Connell International, RGCM, Pascall & Watson, Terence O'Rourke, and PRP Management. The calculations come from Plimsoll Portfolio Analysis.

More than 15,000 people sat down to a celebratory meal at a three-milelong table on the 17km Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, Europe's longest, when it opened this week.

UScompany Cendant has bid £801 million to take over National Parking Corporation, owner of National Car Parks, founded in 1949 with capital of £200.

A growing property shortage is fuelling a steep rise in house prices, says the RICS in its latest survey. Biggest growth levels were in London, the Southwest and the South-east.

One in five households has no contents insurance, says a survey commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Most of these lived in neighbourhoods where burglary risks were high, and insurance premiums were relatively high.

Some 73 per cent of London's Docklands residents think its future prospects are good, according to a MORI poll. Two-thirds think the LDDC did a very or fairly good job since 1981.

South Africa is suffering the world's worst HIV/AIDS crisis, with 50,000 people per month being infected.

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