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BARCLAYS LAUNCHES UNIQUE CHILD TRUST FUND PRODUCT

Barclays has today announced details of its unique equity tracker Child Trust Fund which will be available in branches from January 17, 2005, the day Government vouchers start hitting the doormats of eligible parents.

CONFIDENCE AT ALL TIME LOW BUT STABILISING

The Woolwich consumer confidence index shows signs that confidence among homeowners may be stabilising with a fall of one per cent last month, with 39 per cent now believing that their property will continue to increase in value. Although confidence is at an all time low, (since the survey started in March 1998), this is the smallest month on month fall for seven months. Confidence was 40 per cent in November and 45 per cent in October.

BUSINESS START-UPS IN QUARTER 3, 2004

Celebrity cooking programmes ‘Hells Kitchens’, Jamie’s Kitchen and ‘Saturday Chef’ are not just teaching us how to cook they may be driving a catering boom for British businesses as more and more people become interested in food, according to figures published by Barclays today.

HOUSING MARKET CONFIDENCE FALLS FOR THE SIXTH MONTH IN A ROW

The Woolwich consumer confidence index shows that just 40 per cent of homeowners now believe that their property will continue to gain in value over the next year. This is compared to 45 per cent in October and 52 per cent in September. This latest fall, the sixth monthly fall in a row, takes consumer confidence to a six year low.