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The creation of 700 jobs was announced yesterday by two car manufacturers - Rover and Honda - and by Moy Park, a poultry processing company in Northern Ireland. Honda is taking on 250 staff to work on the production line at its Swindon factory, where it produces the Civic small car and larger Accord saloon. Honda aims to boost output at Swindon from 100,000 to 150,000 cars a year before 1999. Rover is hiring another100 specialist engineers at its new pounds 25m design centre at Gaydon near Warwick.

In Northern Ireland, Moy Park will take on 350 staff as part of a pounds 31.5m investment programme that involves the building of a pounds 11m factory in Dungannon, County Tyrone.