More people died in the UK than for quite a while.
In 2015 there was a 7% year-on-year rise in the number of deaths, not including Northern Ireland – a total of 588,000.
That’s a biggest percentage rise than in recent times – in fact you have to go back as far as 1963 to see anything similar.
It’s good news for the funeral directors.
Dignity, one of the biggest, and a publicly quoted firm, made £69 million in pre-tax profits last year, compared with a loss of £67.7 million in 2014.
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