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Bill Gates’s net worth ($46 billion) is larger than that of the bottom 40 per cent of American households combined ($37.8 billion, excluding their cars). [Robert Reich, The American Prospect, May-June 1998]

In the four weeks prior to being interviewed, 71 per cent of British women had read a book compared to 58 per cent of men. [1996 General Household Survey]

In 1980 a typical supermarket stocked 10,000 items; today the

figure is about 30,000. [Chatham House Forum 1997 Report]

Of all British smokers, 15 per cent have their first cigarette within five minutes of waking, and one third…

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