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Week in NUMBERS

£1.9bn – the amount that Christmas shoppers will spend on their credit cards in the run-up to December 25th, according to Sainsbury’s Finance.

£2,000- the amount UK present buyers throw away by failing to plan their purchases in advances, according to First Direct.

15°C – the temperature experts recommend you keep your heating at to ensure your pipes don’t freeze this year.

70% – the percentage of UK consumers who are going to trim back their Christmas spending, reveals The Co-Operative Bank.

30million – the amount of people who will shop online for Christmas gifts this year, says PayPal.

35,000- what unemployment rose by between August and October, data for the Office for National Statistics shows.

48- the number of fraud cases the FSA has opened in the last six months.

£1,300- the value of goods students have on them, according to insurer Endsleigh.

3.3% – the figure inflation reached in November, the Office for National Statistics reveals.

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