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Royal Mint to open its doors to visitors

The Royal Mint factory, now based in Llantrisant, will be opened to the public on Wednesday for the first time in over 1,000 years.

Visitors will gain an insight into the world of making coins with an exhibition that includes sections on history, collecting and coin designs.

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Online and mobile banking 'helping young people save'

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Research from Halifax says 18-24 year-olds in Wales claim digital banking helps them to save.

It says more than six out of ten of those banking online put money aside for the future. For those using mobiles the figure's 60%.

Across the UK four out of five younger savers who use digital banking say it helps them to boost their balances,

This research tells us that online and mobile banking is actually helping a lot of young people to save.

It's clear that having easy real-time access to their savings balance, whether in their pocket or on their PC, is keeping saving front of mind.

This is great news if it means that young people are getting into good savings habits early in life.

– Giles Martin, head of Halifax Savings

Welsh house prices 'are expected to rise'

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Welsh house prices are expected to rise over the next three months despite a cooling off in demand after the introduction of stamp duty changes.

That's according to the latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Its longer term outlook suggests that prices will still be expected to rise by more than 4 per cent each year for the next five years.


Manufacturer investment 'means disposable income growth in Wales'

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Wales has dominated growth in disposable income compared with England over the past five years amid a recovery in manufacturing, according to a new report.

A study by accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young found households in Powys have 15.4% more spending money than five years ago, while those in Flintshire, Wrexham and south west Wales have over 14% more.

The report claims investment from large manufacturers based in Wales, including Toyota and Airbus, was partly responsible.

The leap in disposable income across Wales over the last five years pays credit to the hugely important role played by manufacturing in the region.

The Welsh manufacturing sector has grown from strength to strength and the subsequent rise in disposable income this has provoked ensures those areas of Wales worst affected by the recession have received a much needed boost.

– Elliott Buss, partner at UHY Hacker Young
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