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Week in numbers

15 – The number of global financial institutions downgraded by ratings agency Moody’s, including Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays and HSBC.

600 – The number of people who have reserved homes through the government’s NewBuy scheme since it launched three months ago.

£170,000 – The amount that has been paid for the UK’s most expensive beach hut. The Dorset structure has no running hot water or washing facilities.

16 – The number of years since England last reached the semi-final of the European Football Championship.

£3.3m – The amount comedian Jimmy Carr has allegedly put into a Jersey-based, tax-avoidance scheme.

£2,709,896 – The amount that was paid to directors of the Financial Services Authority in 2011/12, a 10% drop compared with the £3,003,443 in 2010/11.

1,111 – The number of over-60s who contacted the Consumer Credit Counselling Service last year about their mortgage arrears.

12m – The number of NatWest and RBS customers that may have been unable to receive money or pay bills last Friday because of a major technical fault.


Gross mortgage lending up 24% in May

Gross mortgage lending in May was an estimated £12.2bn, a 24% increase on April’s £9.9bn – taking this year’s gross lending so far to £55.7bn.

House prices down 0.6% in June

House prices fell 0.6% in June, taking the average house price down to £165,738, according to Nationwide.


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