By The Numbers - Most Recent

Pages

Why you shouldn't sell historic art on eBay

Jul 29, 2013
eBay sellers who listed a piece of the original Schindler's list received no bids for the historic document.
Posted In: ebay, auction, antiques

The numbers for July 29, 2013: Crossing borders

$8.6 billion

Perrigo, the largest maker of generic over-the-counter medications like store-brand aspirin, says it will be buy the Irish drugmaker Elan for $8.6 billion. Perrigo gets royalties from Elan's best-selling treatment for multiple sclerosis. Perrigo also gets a new address for its tax returns. Currently based in Allegan, Mich., Perrigo will officially move to Ireland, where corporate tax rates are lower. (WSJ)

$42,000

BMW unveiled its first mass production all-electric car: The i3. The sticker price of the car will be $42,000, before collecting any tax breaks for which you may be eligible. For a few thousands dollars more, BMW will include a "range extender." What helps extend your range? A car engine that uses gas. (BMW)

$2.4 billion

Saks is moving north -- the Great, White North to be exact. The U.S. luxury retailer Saks agreed to sell itself to Hudson's Bay, the Canadian parent of upscale retailer Lord & Taylor, for about $2.4 billion. Hudson's Bay is looking to grow its footprint in the U.S., now that Target and other major U.S. companies are targetting Canadian markets. (Bloomberg)


-
by
|
Jul 29, 2013

The numbers for July 26, 2013: Today's billions

$3.7 billion

The amount of money Mark Zuckerberg made yesterday -- in a single day -- when Facebook stock went up 30 percent. (Forbes)

$8.2 billion

The amount video game maker Activision (famous for Call of Duty and World of Warcraft) is paying its parent company Vivendi to become wholly independent. (Bloomberg)

$10 billion
The amount of money the government wants SAC Capital to forfeit in what it regards as ill-gotten gains. Catch up on hedge fund SAC Capital's insider trading charges with our Whiteboard Explainer. (Marketplace Whiteboard)


-
by
|
Jul 26, 2013

New Monopoly: No jail, and done in 30 minutes

Jul 25, 2013
Hasbro's new Monopoly Empire game removes jail from the board, and is designed to fit into busy schedules of today's youth.
Posted In: Monopoly, board game

Goodbye, Mitt: Remembering Jason Sudeikis' biz bits

Jul 25, 2013
Comedian Jason Sudeikis is leaving "Saturday Night Live." He spoofed Mitt Romney during the businessman's presidential run and also lampooned other business leaders, too.
Posted In: satire, comedy, Entertainment

The numbers for July 25, 2013: Brits and bookstores

Six tenths

More good news for the U.K., the latest numbers show its economy grew more quickly than expected from April to June, at a rate of 0.6 percent. (The Independent)

10 pounds

Under pressure to diversify, the Bank of England has unveiled a new 10 pound note with an engraving of Jane Austen. Britain's finance minister took to social media with a pun he had all worked out: the move, he tweeted, showed "sense and sensibility." He should have said: "Pence and Cent-sibility." (BBC)

40 percent
The chocolate effect. According to research published in The Journal of Environmental Psychology, people are more likely to buy books if they smell chocolate. Researchers found sales of food, drink and romance books ticked up by 40 percent amid the aroma of cocoa. ()


-
by
|
Jul 25, 2013

The 2 simple words in Obama's speech

Jul 24, 2013
Though explicitly mentioned only once, the philosophy of "middle-out" economics informed his entire speech, where he promised to “reverse the forces that have conspired against the middle class for decades.”
Posted In: Barack Obama, middle class

The numbers for July 24, 2013: Numbers worth their weight

$180,960.54

That's the average cost for four years of tuition at one of the 11 top colleges in the country, according to Forbes. That amount of money would also buy you 16 Tiffany diamond engagement rings, or 1,818 kegs of Miller High Life beer (though, for many college students the beer of choice is Natural Ice). (Forbes)

1.5 million

The number of Twitter users that received retweets from the Twitter in-house account @Twitterads of actual Twitter users saying made up things. "The users featured raving about TV commercials never said anything of the kind, and were unaware their profile pics and accounts were being presented". (SFGate.com)

20

The number of times the phrase "middle class" appeared in the prepared remarks for President Obama's speech about the economy in Galesburg, Ill., today. (Marketplace's Wealth & Poverty desk live tweet of speech.)


-
by
|
Jul 24, 2013

Fashion mags: Why mail carriers hate September

Jul 24, 2013
As fall clothing lines roll out, advertising in fashion magazines ramps up, too.
Posted In: fashion, advertising, online advertising

10 things Apple could buy with its cash stockpile

Jul 24, 2013
Apple has got a lot of cash -- $146 billion. That's enough to buy 10 Mark Zuckerbergs or treat cancer in the U.S. for over a year.
Posted In: apple, Detroit, Dell

Pages

About this collection

Let's do the numbers! Follow Marketplace's daily numbers blog where we tell you about the stories behind the numbers.