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Week in Numbers

Week in Numbers

57% – The number of women in full time employment who predominantly make financial decisions in the household, up from 47 per cent in 2011, according to research from Scottish Provident.

15% – The percentage of men who feel being careful with their cash would cost them street cred according to Quidco. Though it’s possibly more concerning that there are still people out there using lame expressions like street cred. Hang your head in shame Quidco and employ some young people.

2.6% – The annual rate of inflation in the Euro area in August, up from 2.4 per cent in July and in the EU area annual inflation was 2.7 per cent, up from 2.5 per cent in July.

£1,748 – The average value of a student’s possessions – but only 34 per cent actually insure their belongings according to

8th – Britain’s global labour market ranking in 2012 according to the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report. It cited the flexibility of the UK’s labour market as one of the main reasons for its improvement in the global rankings from 10th in 2011 to 8th.

+7% – The percentage difference it’s now cheaper to buy rather than rent in Scotland, according to Bank of Scotland.

£31,900 – The average amount over 55s are actually able to save as a cash nest egg for their retirement. But with research from HSBC showing that most are aiming to save £100,000, this is a massive £67,600 short of their target.  

35% – The number of workers who admit to having lied to their boss according to Popular excuses workers use to pull the wool over their employer’s eyes include flu, stomach aches, diarrhoea and bad backs. But it says the astonishing number of people who still go into work when they are actually unwell implies a dangerous culture of ‘presenteeism’.

26% – The number of Brits that have caused more than £200 worth of damage exercising at home, according to esure home insurance. Clearly there are some vigorous salutes to the sun being made – namaste.


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8% rise in home mover loans

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Precise makes first foray into prime mortgage sector

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