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In the papers today - Wednesday 3 January

Fainting dieters are among the top causes of New York subway delays, according to the city's transport authority.The Telegraph
House price increases may be slowing, according to the Land Registry. It reports that the cost of the average home in England and Wales rose by 6.8% to £172,000 in the year to November.The TimesFrench billionnaire Francois Pinault fuelled the uncertainty surrounding Suez yesterday when he refused to rule out a £47bn bid for the Franco-Belgian utility. - The TimesUS steel company Nucior,yesterday bought Harris Steel Group for £540M in the latest sign of consolidation in the industry. - The TimesThe Democratic Republic of Congo is set to review three of its biggest mining contracts after a World Bank report found that they were approved with 'a complete lack of transparency'. - The Financial Times

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