WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Sept.26

A compendium of revealing stats and the key leading economic and business indicators based on today's Wall Street Journal article and reports:

Manufacturers are expected to ship more than 300 million dual-mode phones by 2011, according to a recent report by market-research firm ABI Research. Strategy Analytics, a research and consulting firm, estimates a $33 billion market by 2010 for devices that integrate cellular, land-line, and Wi-Fi Internet networks. There are already more than 40,000 Wi-Fi hot spots in North America, and some cities are being blanketed with Wi-Fi connections

With 23 million customers, T-Mobile is the fourth-largest U.S. cellular carrier, behind Cingular Wireless, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint Nextel. T-Mobile committed more than $4 billion for new radio frequencies during the Federal Communications Commission's recent spectrum auctions. (T-Mobile Readies New Web Phones -- And Hangs Up on a Star Pitchwoman)

About 54 million airline passengers expected on routes across the Atlantic this year, up about 29% in the past four years. Partly because of the higher revenue possible on overseas flights, the International Air Transport Association predicts the global airline industry next year will record a $1.9 billion profit, which would be the first after five years in which the industry lost a combined $41 billion.

Delta now gets 35% of its revenue from international routes, versus 20% a year ago. Continental, through June, was getting 43% of its mainline revenue from international operations, up slightly from a year earlier. (Airlines Beef Up Offerings to Woo Profitable International Travelers)

54 Million
Data collected by Thomson Financial shows that U.S. companies issued $68 billion in investment-grade bonds in August, a record for the month, as low default rates and flush corporate balance sheets have emboldened both bond issuers and buyers. Yesterday the yield on the 10-year Treasury note hit 4.55%, its lowest level since February and a large drop from 5.25% in late June. (In a Turnaround, Slowing Economy
Spurs Bond Rally
68 Billion
Online-only deposit accounts are expected to reach 19% of total core deposits by 2010, up from 2% in 2006, according to a recent report from Celent LLC, a research-and-consulting firm. (E-Loan to Announce
Savings Account Paying 5.5%
The median sales price of an existing home was $225,000 in August, down 1.7% from a year earlier. That was the first year-to-year price decline since 1995 and the second sharpest in the nearly 40 years the data have been collected. The inventory of unsold homes rose 1.5% last month to 3.9 million housing units, a 7.5-month supply at the current sales pace, and the biggest supply since April 1993. (Existing Homes' Median Price Falls) $225k
A study finds that, while the world warmed slowly during the century to 1975, it has warmed at a more rapid rate of about 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.36 degrees Fahrenheit) per decade thereafter. The researchers say the global mean temperature is now within one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) of the maximum mean temperature of the past million years. Based on a 0.2-degree-Celsius increase per decade, that high point could be reached within 50 years. (Study Warns of Rapid Rise In Earth's Temperature) 0.360  
A federal judge's decision to grant class-action status to tens of millions of smokers of "light cigarettes" exposes major tobacco companies to a new $200 billion claim for damages. Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued that tobacco companies reaped between $120 billion and $200 billion in additional revenue because of what they describe as a pattern of deceiving the public about the dangers of smoking light cigarettes. (Tobacco Firms Exposed To New $200 Billion Claim) $200 Billion

Most of Japan's major auto makers increased output at domestic factories in August, spurred by demand overseas. (Japan's Car Makers Boost Output)

  • Toyota Motor - up 31% to 300,392 vehicles.

  • Honda Motor - up 12% to 90,278 vehicles.

  • Mazda Motor - up 7.8% to 71,119 vehicles 

  • Mitsubishi - up 4.1% to 47,738 vehicles.

  • Nissan Motor - down 15% to 79,161 vehicles. 

The U.S. deodorant business racks up estimated annual sales of $2.4 billion. Secret deodorant registered $161.9 million  and Old Spice deodorants brought $127.9 million in sales for the 52-week period ended Sept. 10, according to IRI. Sales of Sure deodorants dropped to $35.2 million in the same period. (P&G Sells Sure Deodorant Label To Private Firm Innovative Brands $2.4 Billion
Over-the-counter derivatives dwarf exchange trading. The total value of the underlying instruments on derivatives totaled about $285 trillion at the end of 2005, up from about $94 trillion five years before, according to the Bank for International Settlements. (Merger Trend Sweeping Big Exchanges Cascades Toward 'Interdealer Brokers') $285T

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