By The Numbers

The numbers for July 25, 2013: Brits and bookstores

Katie Long Jul 25, 2013

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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. ()

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