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The British Standards Institution has become the largest body of its kind in the world, following its £36.5 million purchase of Inspectorate. bsi's annual turnover has almost doubled to £162 million, while the workforce, in 90 countries, has risen to 3400.

Woolworth is hoping to raise more than $160 million by selling its New York skyscraper, built in 1910 to designs by Cass Gilbert. Once the tallest building in the world at 238m, the Gothic masterpiece in downtown Manhattan was completed at a cost of $13 million.

Farmland prices have stabilised at £7400 per hectare, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. But its latest quarterly report shows sharp differences in price between commercial farms and those with residential or amenity prospects.

The bank launched by retailer J Sainsbury last year has attracted 700,000 accounts and £1.5 billion of deposits, says the company's latest annual report.

Cinema admission rose to its highest level for 26 years in the first quarter of 1998, says the Cinema Advertising Association. Average weekly admissions totalled 3.23 million.

March brick sales, at 313 million, were at the second highest level for this month since 1990, says the Brick Development Association.

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