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Number of civil partnerships reach 60,000 in UK

More than 60,000 civil partnerships have been formed in the UK since the legislation was introduced in 2005.

The number of civil partnerships rose by 3.6 per cent to 7,037 in the UK last year, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The average age of men forming a civil partnership in 2012 was 40, while for women the average age was 37.6.

The number of civil partnership dissolutions granted in England and Wales in 2012 also rose by 20 per cent.

The figures have been released after legislation introducing same-sex marriages in England and Wales received royal assent from the Queen in July, in spite of opposition from many Conservative backbenchers and religious groups.

Record number of 100-year-olds as Britons live longer

The number of 100-year-olds has increased five-fold in 30 years Credit: PA

The number of people reaching their century has increased five-fold in the last 30 years, new figures show.

The Queen sent birthday cards to 12,320 centenarians in England and Wales last year – compared to just 2,420 in 1981, according to the Office for National Statistics, the Daily Express reports.

It estimated 465,500 people were aged 90 or above in 2012 – an increase of 33 per cent on 10 years ago – and that while the gap is narrowing, women can now expect to live for 82.6 years on average compared with 78.7 years for men.

However, the figures show 10,540 women have passed their 100th birthday compared to 1,780 men.

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Year-on-year growth boost for Britain's retail sales

Retail sales in Britain grew by 2.1 per cent between August 2012 and 2013, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

However, from July to August of this year, the quantity of products bought by customers mainly online and through mail order actually fell by 0.9 per cent.

In the same period, the price of retail goods slowed down by 0.2 per cent.

Read: Food and online sales boost retail figures

Food and online sales boost retail figures

Food and online sales contributed the most to the rise in retail figures, the Office for National Statistics said.

  • Food sales increased by 2.1 % their biggest rise since April 2011
  • Supermarkets said the sunny weather saw customers buy more food, alcohol, clothing and outdoor items
  • Sales on 'none store retailing' driving growth

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UK drops 7 places in comparison of household income

The UK has dropped from 5th to 12th place in a international comparison of household disposable income, according to a new report by the Office for National Statistics.

The UK was ranked fifth in 2005 but has since dropped by seven places to 12th in 2011, in a comparison of household actual disposable income per head.

The UK has dropped 7 places in an international comparison of household disposable income Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The report suggests that the figures reflect the experiences of households since the recession began in 2008.

The increasing price of goods and services, as well as the devaluation of sterling during this period are cited as key reasons for a reduction in disposable income.

Public sector borrowing was £120.6 billion in 2012/13

Public sector net borrowing fell slightly to £120.6 billion in the year to March 2013, the Office for National Statistics announced today.

The figure is just below net borrowing in the year to March 2012, with was £120.9 billion.

This is after removing the effects of the transfer of the Royal Mail Pension Plan and the transfers from the Bank of England Asset Purchase Facility.

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