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Week in Numbers

£424m -the amount Brits are estimated by Santander Insurance to have collectively spent on the Jubilee weekend on food, drink, decorations and hideous memorabilia.

£87m – The amount that website Moneysupermarket.com paid Martin Lewis last week for MoneySavingExpert.com.

£80m – The money being put up for loans to 18-24 year olds to start their own businesses by Number 10.

11% – The percentage of individuals unemployed in the Eurozone in April, unchanged from March and still the highest level since records began in 1995.

€100bn – The amount of money that has left Spain in the first three months of 2012, almost 10% of the country’s gross domestic product.

£145m – The amount of money the government is giving to councils and community groups to develop empty homes.

15m – The number of Britons who would use an excuse to avoid doing home maintenance during bank holidays, according to Legal & General.

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