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Week in numbers

31,888 – The number of mortgages that were approved for house purchase in March, figures from the British Bankers’ Association show.

13 – The number of properties worth more than £1m sold in Wales in 2011 compared with six in 2010, according to Bank of Scotland.

26% – The number of people who think now is a good time to make major purchases in a Nationwide consumer confidence poll.

60% – The percentage of adults in the UK without life insurance, Barclays’ research shows.

£2.5bn – The amount Santander has set aside to deal with rising repossessions in its home country of Spain.

28 – The number of NewBuy deals arranged by specialist broker New Home Mortgage Services.

2,200 – The number of UK jobs axed by HSBC as part of global staff reductions of 30,000 by 2013.

5% – The percentage by which sales of £1m-plus properties fell in 2011 to reach 6,911, says Lloyds Banking Group.

0.1% – What house prices rose by in April, according to Hometrack.

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