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Nationwide sees lending rise

Nationwide’s half-year results show gross residential lending up 34% to £14.5bn over the corresponding period last year.

Net lending was up almost 50% to £5.9bn, the number of mortgage sales were up 17% and the society appeared in mortgage best buy tables 272 times between April and September 2006.

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