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Further good news is that Rolls Royce has won a $2.7Bn order from budget carrier Norwegian Air for a package of new Trent 1000 engines and service support for 19 new 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This is just as well because it looks like the order book for Rolls Royce limousines to oil Sheiks will be slowing down. What a shame.

This week, Google, which is now part of our day-to-day language and activity, showed an impressive share rise by 6%. This pushed its market capitalisation above Apple making it the most valuable Company in our solar system, and possibly beyond.

Lastly, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England has said UK interest rates will remain low until well into next year, and I know many of you will be unhappy about that. Would you like to be happy again? Call us as we have several solutions and will find one that suits you and your circumstances best.

‘Til next time, I’m off for a drive with the family, because I can and cheaply.

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