During 2001, a sharp correction arrived after several years of double-digit growth.
Low interest rates and double-digit house price inflation have led to a big increase in equity withdrawal in the past couple of years.
The general view was the high double-digit growth achieved by the group over much of the past 20 years was about to end.
After four years of double-digit growth, house-price inflation is expected to slow this year.
When you tack on inflation, it will be spectacular double-digit growth.
A double-digit increase in the economy was possible and unemployment would be gradually reduced, he said.
Just counting the pairs of shoes in the hall cupboard rapidly amounts to double-digit figures.
We've just announced our seventh half year of double-digit earnings growth and we're going to see much more of that coming in future.
Home-owners face soaring bills this autumn amid predictions of a fresh round of double-digit energy price increases.
Five years ago, most eastern European nations were battling double-digit inflation.