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In a shock move, Barratt today announced a £2.5bn deal to buy Redrow. But what are the key numbers behind the proposed new group? And who will head it up? Here is a quick guide

The housing sector woke this morning to the news of an extraordinary £2.5bn deal to create the largest housebuilder ever seen in the UK.

The combined Barratt Redrow housebuilding group, if approved by regulators and shareholders, would dwarf other players in the UK market.