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Help-Wanted Advertising Index Increases; Online Job Ads up 6%

The Conference Board Help-Wanted Advertising Index — a key measure of job offerings in major newspapers across America — increased one point in October. The Index currently stands at 30, compared to 37 one year ago. 

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Chicago PMI Drops to Lowest Level Since 2003

The Chicago purchasing managers index (Chicago PMI) fell to 49.9% in November from 53.5% in October. This is the lowest level since April 2003. Readings below 50 indicate contraction in the region. The index is a precursor of the nationwide purchasing managers report to be issued Friday by the Institute for Supply Management.

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$250 billion Opportunity with Microsoft Vista

Microsoft, launching Windows Vista for businesses, predicts over 200 million users for new Windows, Office or PC server software by the end of 2007. “Industry analysts expect these products to represent more than $250 billion in partner revenue opportunity in the next 12 months,” Steve Ballmer said. 

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India Growth Story Continues: GDP grows 9.2%

The Indian economy grew at a strong 9.2% in July-September 2006 quarter, compared with 8.4% in the year ago period, according to government data released today. 
Indian GDP at Constant Prices Y/Y % Chg. (2006-07)

Sector

Q1 Q2 
Trade, hotels, transport and communication  13.2 13.9
Manufacturing  11.3 11.9
Construction  9.5 9.8
Financing, ins., real est. and business services  8.9 9.5
Electricity, gas and water supply 5.4 7.7
Community, social and personal services  7.4 6.9
mining and quarrying  3.4 3.1
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 3.4 1.7
     Overall GDP Growth 8.9 9.2

WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.30: Mutual Funds Top $10 trillion

Mutual-fund assets surpassed $10 trillion for the first time in October, according the fund industry's trade group, the Investment Company Institute. Mutual-fund assets increased from September by $286.6 billion, or 2.9%, to $10.01 trillion in October, the ICI said. Much of the recent growth has come in stock-fund assets, which rose to about $5.7 trillion in October from $4.9 trillion from the end of 2005, according to the survey. >> Mutual Funds Pass $10 Trillion Mark 

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Consumer Spending Best Showing in 3 Months; Jobless Claims Highest in More Than Year

The Commerce Department reported that consumer spending increased by 0.2% in October, the best showing in 3 months. Spending had fallen by 0.2% in September and posted only a slight 0.1% rise in August. The acceleration in real consumer spending reflected an upturn in spending on nondurable goods, notably food items.

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War for Talent Boosts HCM Software to Top $6 billion

As the war for talent has grown acute in this age of globalization, human resources tasks such as managing payroll and benefits have evolved into much more strategic, and more companies are deploying software for human capital management for a competitive edge (reports IBD). The HCM software market is forecast to top $6 billion in sales this year, according to AMR. 

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Cyber Monday Creates E-Commerce History: Sales Break $600 million Mark

On this Cyber Monday, which marks the first major spike in online holiday spending as people returned to work after the Thanksgiving weekend, online sales totaled $608 million, up 26% from last year, according to comScore Netwroks. During the first 27 days of November this year, total online retail spending reached $9.48 billion, marking a 24% increase versus the corresponding days in 2005.

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Is the online world as important to users as the real world? 43% Say Yes!

Is the online world as important to users as the real world? The 2007 Digital Future Project found that 43% of Internet users who are members of online communities say that they “feel as strongly” about their virtual community as they do about their real-world communities, according to the sixth annual survey of the impact of the Internet conducted by the USC-Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future..

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Top 10 Fastest Growing New Media According to Marketers Worldwide, ICOM

A recent ICOM survey asked its members worldwide whether any traditional media choices were on the decline with no chance of recovery as a result of new ways of reaching audiences and, if so, which ones: Almost half (42%) named newspapers, followed by radio and television (20% each), magazines (18%), cinema (16%) and outdoor (6%). 

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New Homes Sales Drop 3.2% in October; Prices Rise Y/Y

Sales of new homes in October 2006 fell 3.2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,004,000, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau  This is 25.4% below the October 2005 estimate of 1,346,000.

The median sales price of new houses sold in October 2006 was $248,500, up 1.9% from the same month a year ago; the average sales price was $309,700.  

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WSJ By The Numbers - Top 10 for Nov.29

$24.8 billion in gift cards: The National Retail Federation survey predicts that total gift-card sales this holiday season would reach $24.81 billion, up from $18.48 billion in 2005. Consumer Reports survey last month reports that gift cards would be the second-most-popular holiday gift in 2006, after clothing. The study also found that more than 23 million Americans have unused gift cards from last year's holidays valued at more than $972 million.>> Reading Gift Cards' Fine Print  

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GDP Growth Revised Up to 2.2% in 3Q 2006; Corporate Profits Jump 30.9%

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the third quarter, compared with 2.6% in the second quarter, according to the "preliminary" estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. The third-quarter growth rate was revised up 0.6 percentage point from the "advance" estimates released in October. 

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Fakes by the Numbers: Counterfeiting Exploded Into a $600 billion Problem

Counterfeiting has exploded into a $600-billion-a-year problem, growing over 10,000 percent in the past 20 years, according to The International AntiCounterfeiting Coaltio. The International Chamber of Commerce estimates that 7% of the world trade is in counterfeit goods and that the counterfeit market is worth $ 350 billion. 

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Global Mortality Predictions: AIDS No.3 & Traffic Fatalities No.4 Leading Causes of Death by 2030

Within the next 25 years, AIDS is set to join heart disease and stroke as the top three causes of death worldwide, according to a new report in the Public Library of Science's Medicine journal. AIDS is currently ranked fourth behind heart disease, stroke, and respiratory infections. 

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Spam Skyrockets 59% September to November; 91% of All Email is Now Spam

Postini, a provider of on-demand Integrated Message Management services making electronic communications like email, instant messaging (IM) and the web more compliant, productive, secure and reliable.  processed nearly 70 billion email connections from September to November, 

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Durable Goods Drop Most in 6 Years; Consumer Confidence Fell

New orders for manufactured durable goods in October decreased $19.0 billion or 8.3% to $210 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is the largest drop in more than six years. This followed two consecutive monthly increases, including an 8.7% September increase. 

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Modest 0.5% Gain in Existing Home Sales; Median Price Dropped at Record Y/Y Level

Total existing-home sales rose a modest 0.5% in October to a seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of 6.24 million units from an upwardly revised pace of 6.21 million in September, but were 11.5% below the 7.05 million-unit level of October 2005, according to the National Association of Realtors.

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