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Pension deficits improve by 30bn

The total deficit of UK companies’ final-salary pension plans stands at 100bn, according to analysis by Deloitte. This is an improvement from 130bn at the start of 2005, aided by the 10 per cent rise in the stockmarket since January 1. Deficits among FTSE 100 companies have decreased to 52bn from 65bn at the start of the year. Deloitte predicts it will take more than 15 years for deficits to be cleared by companies.

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