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Week in NUMBERS

2- The number of speeches by former MP John Gummer, chairman of the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries, at its annual dinner last week.

45.42minutes – The total length of all five speeches given at AMI’s annual dinner last week.

10- The number of members of the Financial Policy Committee which sat for the first time last Thursday and will issue a market report on June 24.

5.33million – The number of Britons who will leave their dependants in serious financial difficulties when they die because of inadequate life insurance, Sainsbury’s Finance reports.

3.2% – Annual inflation in the European Union in May, down 0.1% from April, according to the European Commission.

£92bn – The value of 4.7 million fixed rate savings deals maturing this year, leaving savers facing the shock of lower rates, HSBC claims.

1.4% – The percentage drop in UK retail sales in May following a boost in April prompted by Easter and the royal wedding.

£696- The average cost of renting in the private rented sector in May, 4.4% up on last year, LSL Property Services data shows.

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