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The Numbers for Friday, January 3: Hot food

 

54%

The precentage of consumers that say hot and spicy foods are appealing, according to a survey by food and beverage consulting firm Technomic. That's up from 48 percent in 2009, and reflects a growing trend of hot-and-spicy items on restaurant and fast-food menus, which see more selections of food with trendy desciptors like "chipotle" and "habanero." One ingredient with some of fastest growth in popularity is, of course, Marketplace's own favorite, Sriracha.  (Time)

0

The number of gentically-modified organisms (GMOs) that will be used in making Cheerios, according to an announcement by General Mills. The food company says it will use corn and sugar that have not been genetically modified to make the cereal in response to consumer demand for GMO-free products. Companies that use genetically-modified ingredients maintain they are safe, and the federal government hasn't put down any strict regulation of them, but GMOs remain a hot-topic issue for the food industry. (Marketplace)


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Jan 3, 2014

Marketplace's driveway moments and best-of 2013

Jan 1, 2014
Our 'best-of-2013' podcast, a selection of Marketplace's driveway moments from the past year
Posted In: best of 2013, driveway moments

The Numbers for Friday, December 27: Fly me away

 

10,000

The number of resumes Southwest Airlines recieved just two hours after it announced 750 new flight attendant positions last week, according to a company spokesman. The airline hadn't hired new flight attendants from outside the company since February 2011. (Marketplace)

$25.05

The price of airline tickets for roundtrip flight between Cincinnati and Minneapolis for February on the Delta Airlines website on Thursday due to a computer glitch. The tickets, for one of several flights that were incorrectly priced, normally cost over $400. The company says it will honor the cheaper tickets for those who bought them at that price, which sounds generous until you realize regulations require them to do so anyways. (NPR)

$1.4 billion

The amount that the parent company of airplane manufacturer Cessna is paying to acquire fellow aircraft company Beechcraft. Beechcraft is known for manufacturing light military jet planes and trainer aircraft. Both manufacturers are based in Wichita. (USA Today)


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Dec 27, 2013

Why restaurants are scrimping on shrimp

Dec 27, 2013
Shrimp prices have soared to a 12-year high since an outbreak of a deadly illness called Early Mortality Syndrome.
Posted In: shrimp, seafood

Where can I recycle all this wrapping paper?

Dec 26, 2013
That dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year means an increase in the trash from all the packaging.
Posted In: packaging

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

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Ukraine, Russia, and the United States and the perils and promise of a globalized economy. Is this the new Cold War or not? Why is this affecting so many people in so many ways? According to Russia's Putin, "I think in the modern world, when everything is so interconnected and everyone depends on everyone else in one way or another, it's of course possible to do some damage to one another, but it will be mutual damage."