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Remortgages hit two-year high

Remortgaging boosted lending figures in August. Gross lending rose by 9 per cent from July, says the CML, to 27.5bn in August, the highest since July 2004. Remortgaging rose by15 per cent to 11.7bn from 10.2bn in July, the highest since October 2003.

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