WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Oct.3

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

Some time in the weeks ahead the U.S. population will reach 300 million, according to the Census Bureau. This means that there will be roughly 3 times as many people as there were a century ago, and twice as many as in 1950. Americans have been bringing a new baby into the world roughly every 8 seconds and a new immigrant arrives every 30 seconds -- the equivalent of a new Chicago every year. Early childhood death rates in the U.S. have fallen by 90% in the last century, and continue to fall. 

The U.S. population is expected to reach 400 million in about 40 years from now. But even with continued immigration, the U.S. population is expected to grow for the next 50 years and then stabilize. By contrast, Japan and many European nations are expected to experience a debilitating absolute decline in their populations by between 10% and 25% over the next 50 years. As nations have grown richer over the past 50 years, birth rates around the globe have fallen by half. (300,000,000)

India Post runs the largest postal network in the world with more than 155,000 branches, but lost $300 million last year. Today, there are more than 2,000 private companies delivering documents and packages in India. The industry generates $850 million a year in sales, according to estimates by the Express Industry Council of India. The mail handled by India Post has steadily declined from about 16 billion pieces in fiscal 1999 to less than 8 billion in 2005. India's postal service is leasing out the sides of its mailboxes and vans for advertising to raise money. (As Economy Zooms, India's Postmen Struggle to Adapt 155,000 Branches
The Fox television station group is the largest in the U.S. and an important part of the News Corp. empire. The stations contributed about $1 billion of the company's $3.9 billion operating income in the year ended June 30, 2006. The entire industry is in a slump as TV stations across the U.S. struggle with increased competition from Internet and cable television. (After Riding High With Fox News, Murdoch Aide Has Harder Slog) $1 B
Fox TV
Online gambling is banned in the U.S. However, U.S. residents account for more than half of the business of online casinos located abroad. PartyGaming, the world's biggest online-gambling company by market capitalization, generates 76% of its revenue from the U.S., while 888 generates about half its revenue from the U.S. The online gambling industry is estimated to be about $12 billion while the U.S. commercial casino industry is worth roughly $30 billion. (Despite Crackdown, Online Gamblers Aren't Ready to Fold) $12 B Online Gambling
Cingular, a joint venture of AT&T and BellSouth, leads all wireless carriers in the U.S. with 57.3 million subscribers. Since the $40 billion merger with AT&T Wireless, the company has added 10 million customers, along with about 3,000 new cell towers in places like New York, California and Nevada. Regulators soon are expected to approve AT&T's planned $67 billion purchase of BellSouth, which would bring Cingular under one roof for the first time. (Cingular Finishes Absorbing Network of AT&T Wireless) 57.3 Million
In August alone, international-equity mutual funds saw inflows of $8.53 billion, while U.S. domestic-equity funds experienced outflows of $3.73 billion, representing the fourth-consecutive month of U.S. fund outflows, according to research by Citigroup. The MSCI BRIC Index rose 4.2% in the third quarter and is up 21% for the year. (Mobius's Latest Fund Tracks Trend - Franklin Templeton Heads Into Small-Cap Concerns In Hot Emerging Markets) $8.53 Billion
With more than 25% of all U.S. stocks under their control, mutual funds could practically run the business world. But mutual funds of the nation's biggest and best-known money-management companies voted in support of management 92% of the time during the 12 months ended June 30, 2005, according to a study by Corporate Library. Dodge & Cox voted most often on management's side: 99.7% of the time. BlackRock Inc. was close behind, at 98.7%. (No Secrets: How Funds Vote Your Shares) 25% 
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