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Mobile Camera Phones Outnumber Digital Still Cameras

Mobile phones have emerged as the single largest market for image sensors, surpassing the entire consumer electronics segment, including digital still cameras, according to iSuppli Corp. Unit shipments of image sensors to mobile phones were 484 million in 2005, compared to 199 million for all other applications outside of mobile phones—including digital still cameras.

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CEO Survey: GDP Growth Below 35 Year Average in 1H 07; Top 6 Cost Pressures

Business Roundtable’s 4th quarter "CEO Economic Outlook Index", which indicates how CEOs believe the economy will perform in the months ahead, stands at 81.9 – virtually unchanged from 82.4 in the third quarter. 

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Peak Traffic to Music Sites Exceed Half a Million Visitors per Minute

Daily peak traffic worldwide to music sites is more than half a million visitors per minute, according to the Akamai. The Akamai Net Usage Index for Digital Music provides a global aggregate view of total visitors per minute, as well as a detailed view by continent, from a collection of digital music sites delivered by Akamai. Other insights include:

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U.S. Trade Deficit Falls to Lowest Level in 14 Months

October 2006
Trade Deficit

$58.9 Billion
Lowest in 14 Months

The U.S. trade deficit of goods and services narrowed to $58.9 billion in October 2006 from $64.3 billion in September, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. This is the lowest level in 14 months, driven by lower crude oil prices. The 8.4% drop from September was the biggest monthly decline since December 2001. 

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Top 10 Key Business Trends Data Points for Today

Listed below are the top 10 business trends data points for today, culled from the most authoritative business news and data sources. Today's trend data points to Wii's wild ride, Goldman Sachs bumper profits, trade deficit narrows, private equity deals, India growth, mortgage delinquencies, and the Big apple getting Bigger. 

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Top 10 Surveys, Polls, and Market Research Insights for Today

Here is a list of the some key surveys, polls, studies and market research reports that came out today, which may have implications for consumers and/or businesses.

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4Kids Gets Into $5 billion-a-year Trading Card Business, No Kidding

4Kids Entertainment, marketer of popular trading card games like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, plans to change from a licensing agent to a key player in the growing $5 billion-a-year industry.

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CFOs Report on Q1 2007 Financial Hiring Outlook 

6% of chief financial officers (CFOs) polled said they plan to add full-time accounting and finance employees, while 3% expect staff reductions, according to the recent Robert Half International Financial Hiring Index survey.  

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Businesses with No Employees - Microbusinesses to Hit $1 trillion in Sales This Year

Non-employer firms or Microbusinesses are often home-based ventures with no paid employees and generally at least $1,000 in annual revenue. In an analysis for USA TODAY, the Small Business Administration estimates the number of these firms reached the 20 million mark for the first time this year. 

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