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Up to 50 per cent of outdoor Wendy houses could be unsafe, suggests a survey by Surrey County Council. Common faults included door and window hinges in which fingers could be trapped, splinters, protruding nails and screws, and doors that could not be opened from the outside.

The Lisbon Expo, which opened last week, has cost £1.2 billion. It is expected to attract 8.3 million visitors and generate £550 million of revenue for the city.

Railtrack's shares rose to a high of £12.29 last week, on expectations of record profits of up to £380 million. Meanwhile deputy prime minister John Prescott is about to enter negotiations with the company to try to avoid subsidising Railtrack's construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to the tune of £700 million.

Toshiba has blamed an 89 per cent profits fall on the Asian economic crisis. Meanwhile sales at Japanese department stores have just shown the first year-on-year increase for 13 months.

A £1 fare offer resulted in 3000 visitors being stranded at Brighton Station over the Bank Holiday. Fares were donated to charity.

uk high street spending rose only 0.1 per cent in April rather than the 0.4 per cent predicted. The reason, retailers believe, was bad weather.

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