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Barometer | 12 October 2017

Also in Barometer: Theresa May’s place in history, how Catalonia measures up as a nation

Cheat sheets

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education wants universities to catch out more students who buy essays online. How much do cheats pay for this service?
— 1,000 words in seven days to 1st standard £103. Also offers 2:1 standard for £74 and 2:2 standard for £57. This website offers a refund if you don’t get the promised grade.
—A rival site offers a 1st standard essay in seven days from just £18.99, with £13.99 for a 2.1 and £11.99 for a 2.2.
— From £16.18 per page on a site which says ‘compare our prices with those set by solicitors, barristers, doctors or accountants’.

Falling short

Where would an early exit leave Theresa May in the prime ministerial ranks?
— Eight have had shorter terms, most recently Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who served three days short of a year in 1963/64.
— If May survives until 29 October she will overtake the Duke of Grafton.
— On 21 April 2018 she will overtake Sir Anthony Eden.
— To outlast Gordon Brown she must serve until 28 May 2019.

More in store

Insurance firm Aviva claims store-based retail will decline as people buy more online. But are shops really dying? In the first half of 2017 there was a net loss of 659 chain outlets, but independent stores grew by a net 762: 14,419 opened and 13,657 shut.

Fastest growing sectors
Bakers +283

Beauty salons -30
Café/tearoom -29
Tobacconists -25
Mobile phone shops +34
Fastest shrinking sectors
Women’s clothes -137
Newsagents -119
Electrical goods -74
Public houses/inns -73
Shoe shops -45

Source: Local Data Company/British Independent Retailers’ Association

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