Paying debts was the priority for 22 per cent of respondents, an increase of three

percentage points, and spending on new clothes (27 per cent) and holidays/vacations (19 per cent) increased one

percentage point each from the first quarter.

6

percentage points in February compared to the previous month, according to a Central Bank report released on Monday.

Affordability for first-time home buyers across California improved slightly in the third quarter from the previous three-month period, but fell 4

percentage points from a year earlier, a trade association said Monday.

7 percent in April and down one-tenth of a

percentage point from May 2005.

Already the Italian government is mired in recession and its export sector is threatened by the approximate 20

percentage point loss in competitive ness to France and Germany over the past five years as a result of the relatively poor Italian productivity performance.

The appeal of an adjustable-rate mortgage is that a borrower can cut his initial interest rate and initial monthly payments by one to two

percentage points depending on the duration of the loan's fixed period.

and a two-sided upper equicoordinate p X 100

percentage point h is such that

2

percentage point in fiscal 2001 if the value of the yen against the dollar appreciates by 10 yen in the wake of the attacks.

The net 32 percent increase is up 15

percentage points from the region's fourth-quarter forecast and is 10 points above the national average.

As approved by the Senate Committee on Finance (and presented by the Administration to the Committee on Ways and Means), the interest rate on corporate tax refunds in excess of $10,000 would be reduced by one-and-a-half percent--to the federal short-term rate plus one-half a

percentage point.

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percentage point, which is likely to expand to 1.

If one country's unemployment rate tripled, it would then be only one

percentage point above that of Argentina's.

5

percentage point above its long-mn average: Output at utilities, which had dropped 2.

1

percentage point from the previous year, the Labor Ministry said Tuesday.

Acquisitions increased net sales by one

percentage point and foreign currency translation increased net sales by three

percentage points.