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Week in numbers

8.1% – The annual growth rate of the Chinese economy in Q1 2012, lower than expectations and down on 8.9% in Q1 2011.

0.3% – The percentage consumer prices edged up in March, mainly due to the rising cost of petrol.

£13.8m – The amount Goldman Sachs was fined by the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that it tipped off top clients about stocks.

28 – The average age of a first-time buyer in Yorkshire – the lowest in the country, according to research by Clydesdale Bank.
£1.8bn – The amount the UK will have to spend on hand-pollinating crops if its dwindling bee population disappears, Friends of the Earth data reveals.

29minutes – The average waiting time for a call to be answered at HM Revenue & Customs, mystery shopper research shows.

5thMortgage Strategy’s position on the list of most influential mortgage voices on social media in the world, according to social networking monitor Klout.

20years – The length of time it could take to unravel Lehman Brothers’ debts, says PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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