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Since the first six uk foyers (all ymca) were opened in 1992, the number of operational foyers has grown to 70. More than 20 are expected to open within the next year, and the total should reach 200 by the end of 2000.

Employment prospects in the uk construction sector are likely to grow more slowly over the next few months, says a survey of surveyors by the rics. Commercial buildings are currently seen as the only strong sector.

Capital values in the industrial/warehouse market have risen 8.8 per cent in the last 12 months, twice the rate of inflation, says a report from property consultant Richard Ellis. The explanation is the dearth of new construction in the sector over the past ten years.

Scottish architects with 10 years' experience earn an average £23,315, shows an rias/Hays Montrose survey. The recent riba survey showed an average of £27,000 for a southern equivalent.

Supermarket group Somerfield is planning to invest £1 billion converting Kwik-Save stores over the next five years, following the merger of the groups earlier this year.

World population is likely to reach 6 billion next year - double the number in 1960, according to the un Population Fund. More than 80 million are being added to the total each year.

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