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Week in numbers

1.1% The revised growth prediction for the UK this year from the International Monetary Fund, down from its previous estimate of 1.7%.

180 The number of signatories on Mortgage Strategy’s e-petition to Make Claims Firms Pay on Friday, just four days after it went live.

$400bn The amount of US Treasury bonds that mature in less than three years that the US Federal Reserve will sell to re-invest in three-year bonds to boost the economy.

£2bn The amount claims firms are set to make from payment protection insurance claims, says Which?.

£12,500 The amount Liberal Democrat Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, would like the basic Income Tax threshold raised to from £7,475.

£12bn The Financial Times estimate of the black hole in government finances caused by low growth.

2,250 The number of Treasury inspectors who will be re-allocated to focus on those who earn more than £150,000.

78,288 The number of mortgage approvals by banks in August, according to the British Bankers’ Association.

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