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The Numbers for Thursday, December 26: Christmas (retail) cheer

 

36.8 million

The number of items sold by Amazon on Cyber Monday this year, according to the company, making this holiday season the best ever for the online retailer. Amazon also said its Amazon Prime membership service also saw a huge boost with, "more than a million," people signing up in the third week of December for free two-day shipping and a streaming media library. They also said about half of those orders were made on mobile devices. (Wall Street Journal)

$20

The value of the store credit Amazon is giving disappointed customers whose packages didn't arrive in time for Christmas, due to shipping delays from UPS caused by greater-than-expected package volume. Amazon is also refunding the costs of the "one-day" shipping on orders that didn't make it fast enough. (Marketplace)

2.3 percent

The amount that retail sales increased between Nov. 1 and Dec. 24, according to a report from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse. The same period only saw a 0.7 percent increase last year, suggesting that despite the six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, consumers we willing to spend. The most popular purchase category during that period? Jewelry.  (Reuters)


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Dec 26, 2013

Are no jobs safe? Outsourcing sign-spinner jobs ... to robots

Dec 26, 2013
Industrial robots are replacing factory workers on the assembly line. Will minimum-wage retail jobs be next?
Posted In: Bagels, Portland

The Numbers for Tuesday, December 24: Hot cars

 

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The number of shares of General Motors stock the U.S. federal government owns as of December 9, when it sold the remaining shares bought up in the auto-industry bailout. The American car industry was on its death bed during the financial crisis of 2008, but since then has emerged from the brink into a new boom for the Detroit Big Three. (Bloomberg)

5

The number of stars the Tesla Motors Model S gets to keep for its crash test safety rating, according to an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tesla's stock price is getting a bump as the government agency reaffirmed the safest rating it gives for the electric vehicle that garnered negative press after a series of vehicle fires. (The Street)

$392.99

The average cost of auto repairs in New Jersey in 2012, the most expensive rate in the nation. The cost of getting your car fixed rose by about 10 percent nationwide last year, particularly on the East Coast according to a new study by automotive service site CarMD. (NBC)


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Dec 24, 2013

The Numbers for Monday, December 23: Popular smartphones

42 million

The number of iPhones already on China Mobile's network, even though the mobile phone network -- China's largest -- only today announced a deal with Apple to begin officially selling iPhones. The deal will officially make the iPhone available to 760 million network subscribers in China, giving Apple a foothold in a smartphone market that until now has been dominated by Android variants. (Forbes)

52 %

The percentage of porn that is now consumed on mobile devices, according to an industry aggregator, indicating that the majority of viewers in the U.S. may now be getting their fix via smartphones. The stats are telling of Americans' general internet usage, as the habits of porn consumers have long mirrored larger web trends. (readwrite)


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Dec 23, 2013

Another Christmas, another year of rising prices

Dec 2, 2013
Twelve drummers drumming, six geese-a-laying and one partridge in a pear tree. What does it all add up to?
Posted In: Christmas, gifts, investments, inflation

5 trends - including TV dinners - spawned by Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2013
Turkey, Black Friday, and ... TV dinners? Here are a few parts of the economy that wouldn't be the same without Thanksgiving.
Posted In: Thanksgiving

The Numbers for Tuesday, November 26: Beer!

1/2

The container size, in gallons, that brewers in Florida are forbidden by law to sell their beer in when customers want to fill their "growlers," despite being able to sell both larger and smaller containers. While brewers in the state can sell quart and gallon sized containers, half-gallon growlers are considered standard across the rest of the craft beer community. (News Observer)

15 %

The ownership stake Molson Coors has held in MLB's Colorado Rockies, until now. The Colorado-based beer company announced it will sell its share of the team to Arizona developer Jay Stein. Coors has had an equity ownership in the club since the team’s inception in 1991. The name of the team's stadium -- Coors Field -- will stay the same, though. (Sports Business Daily)


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Nov 26, 2013

The Numbers for Monday, November 25: China!

160 million

The number of viewers the popular BBC drama Downton Abbey has in China, according to remarks by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on a recent trade trip to Beijing. The right to sell merchandise to those viewers won't go to the show's producers, though, or even any British company. (Marketplace)

1.1 million

The number of hopeful students in China who are gearing up to take the country's civil service exams for a chance at a stable and comfortable government post. Nicknamed the "Golden rice bowl," the tradition dates back more than 1,300 years to tests that ancient imperial governments would hold to select bureaucrats from the country's scholars. (CNN)

7

The area, in square kilometers, of the disputed, uninhabited islands over which China announced the creation of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. Despite condemnation from Japan and the U.S., Asian airlines have announced they will comply with rules to report flight paths through the territory. (Reuters)


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Nov 25, 2013

The Numbers for Thursday, November 21: Driving to the future

3,300

The approximate number of vehicle-related deaths last year that involved distracted driving, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has automakers slow to integrate apps and smartphone technology into their cars, as they wait for developers to reach a common standard for safe interfaces. (The Los Angeles Times)

$3

The cost of the hydrogen needed to needed to power a fuel-cell car the same distance as a gallon of gasoline. At auto shows in Los Angeles and Tokyo, car companies are debuting hydrogen-powered vehicles that exhaust only water vapor. Hyundai Motor Co. will be the first to the mass market in the U.S. with a Tuscon SUV available for lease in Los Angeles in 2015. (The Washington Post)

99

The score, out of 100, that consumers gave the Tesla Model S on Consumer Reports' annual owner satisfaction score. The near-perfect assessment, which the magazine says is the best it has seen in years, comes despite three high-profile vehicle fires occurring in Tesla's flagship car that have marred the electric vehicle's otherwise stellar public image and caused a 30 percent drop in the company's stock price. (Consumer Reports)


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Nov 21, 2013

PS4 and the history of lavish gaming system parties

Nov 15, 2013
With the Playstation 4 released and Xbox One not far behind, a look back at past video game launches.
Posted In: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Sony, Microsoft

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