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Construction hit its fastest level of growth in six years, according to the latest survey of the building sector.

Bellway sales dive by 14 per cent

A double-digit fall in sales at Bellway, the UK's fourth-biggest housebuilder, set the scene for a season of bleak results from the sector, and sent its shares down 3 per cent despite a relatively strong balance sheet.

Housebuilders partied like it was '89. And now the pain is like '91

Housebuilders ploughed on with their growth plans at the top of the market and now they're paying the price, finds Mark Leftly

Civil and environmental engineering – making a difference

David Dalgado, 23, is in the final year of a degree in civil and environmental engineering at Imperial College London. He decided to pursue a career in civil engineering to try to make a difference in developing countries.

'Stop building on flood plains'

Housebuilders and councils have been warned by one of the UK's biggest insurers to stop developing new homes on flood plains.

Fear stalks Barratt as housebuilders' shares fall to new lows

Shares in Barratt plummeted by nearly 25 per cent yesterday as gloomy predictions cut a swath through housebuilder stocks.

Persimmon sees pick-up in visitors but property market is still 'challenging'

Persimmon, the UK's largest housebuilder, is seeing the first tentative signs of a pick-up in the housing market, just in time for the spring period when it would expect to do most business.

Persimmon hopeful despite credit crunch

Housebuilder Persimmon today signalled that recent interest rate cuts had helped improve consumer confidence as the firm remained cautiously optimistic for 2008.

Bovis is latest housebuilder to report slowdown

After Persimmon and Redrow, Bovis revealed scars from last year's market turmoil yesterday.

Persimmon leads the way down as City braces for bad year in bricks and mortar

Investors will garner further insight into the decline of the British property market on Wednesday when estate agents Savills and Rightmove and housebuilders Persimmon and Bovis issue trading statements.

Curious George (U)

A shy museum attendant, voiced by Will Ferrell, sails to an African jungle to find an ancient idol, and comes back instead with a mischievously inquisitive chimp. In an age of 3D computer-animation, Curious George is a rare beast: a traditional 2D cartoon. But it's a throwback in other ways, too. Inspired by a series of 1940s storybooks, it glows with unironic joie de vivre, and it has almost none of the smart-alec hipness that's mandatory in today's Dreamworks and Disney products. The Wild, for instance, is wall-to-wall pop hits, movie references and grown-up innuendo. Curious George may have the inevitable King Kong pastiche, and adults might appreciate the loopiness of Will Ferrell's lines ("You don't give a monkey latte!"), but overall this sunny film has a dangerously novel concept: it's a children's cartoon that's aimed at children.

Lippi's son investigated as match-fixing storm continues to rock Italy

The son of Italy's World Cup coach Marcello Lippi has been put under investigation by magistrates looking into the sports agency he worked for.

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