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More than 40 per cent of the UK’s working population earns less than ?10,000 a year. [Financial Times, 20th November 1997]

Of the 4,500 homicides committed between 1990 and 1995 in England, Scotland and Wales,

10 per cent remain unsolved. During the same period in France, 25 per cent of 8,500 homicides remain unsolved. [Eurofile, BBC Radio 4, 6th December 1997]

Since 1993, consumer spending on pens and pencils of all kinds has fallen by 25 per cent. [Prospect, page 64]

The American version of English grows by about 5,000 words each year. [Anna Soukhanov, The Atlantic Monthly]


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