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Week in numbers

£7.8bn – The amount spent on DIY in 2011, according to Lloyds TSB. This is the lowest figure since it started compiling data on the sector in 1996. It was almost half the £15.5bn spent in 2004 and a fall of 17% in real terms from the £9.4bn spent in 2010.

£159,883 – The average price of a property, according to Halifax’s April house price index, down 2.4% when compared with March 2012, wiping out the previous month’s 2.2% rise.

32% – The estimated percentage of people who turned out to vote at last week’s local elections, the lowest since 2000.

4,303 – The compulsory liquidations and creditors’ voluntary liquidations in England and Wales in Q1 2012 on a seasonally adjusted basis. This was an increase of 0.2% on the previous quarter and a rise of 4.3% on the same period a year ago.

£175,000 – The amount that Harrods makes from pet weddings in its store each year, claimed motivational speaker Jamil Qureshi at last week’s Strategy Summit.

40% – The number of people planning to retire this year who would be happy to work past age 65 if they had the opportunity to do so, reveals research from Prudential.


Capita director moves to Virgin Money

Virgin Money has recruited Capita’s Gordon Soutar as operations director, with Brian Brodie becoming customer and distribution director. Soutar joined Capita’s life and pensions arm as operations director last June and was previously chief operating officer of HML. Brodie, former chief executive of HML, joined Virgin in January as operations director after leaving HML in […]

PTFS appoints Max Wright as CEO

Max Wright has today been confirmed as the permanent chief executive officer for Personal Touch Financial Services, following his interim CEO role since February and non-executive directorship since 2009.


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