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Week in numbers

40p – The minimum price per unit of alcohol being proposed by the government in a bid to stamp out binge drinking.

58 – The length of chancellor George Osborne’s Budget speech in minutes.

14.6% – The proportion of shops in Britain lying empty in February – a new high, according to figures from the Local Data Company.

0.2% – The contraction in the Irish economy in Q4 2011, pushing the country officially into recession, according to data from the Central Statistics Office.

4.4million – The number of pensioners who will be an average of £83 a year worse off following the government’s so-called granny tax in the Budget, says HM Revenue & Customs.

2.2%- The fall in property prices forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility for next year.

87 – The number of debt management companies to have exited the market since a compliance review of the sector in 2010, says the Office of Fair Trading.

0.2% – The proportion of property sales in Britain that are worth over £2m and would be subject to the new 7% Stamp Duty rate, says Lloyds TSB.

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