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Home Prices Grow at Slowest Pace in 10 Years; Consumer Confidence Up

Home-price increase of 1.3% was the slowest pace in more than 10 years in the 12 months ending in November, according to S&P/Case-Shiller home-price index by MacroMarkets and Standard & Poor's. 

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Online Ad Share Jumps to 20%; Search Engine Ad Spending to Grow at 39% 

U.S. companies plan to increase their online ad spending by 18% this year, faster than for any other major media type, taking online’s share of overall ad market to 20%, according to Outsell's annual ad spending report. 

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India Debt Rating Raised to Investment Grade; Economy to Grow at Record 9%

India's debt rating was raised to investment grade by Standard & Poor's for the first time in 14 years . Moody's Investors Service raised its rating to investment grade in January 2004, followed by Fitch Ratings in August 2006, reports Bloomberg.

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Online TV and Video Revenues to Increase Tenfold to $6.3 billion

Online TV and video services will generate revenues of $6.3 billion in 2012, almost ten times the 2006 figure, according to  Informa Telecoms & Media research. 
Top 5 Online TV & Video Countries by Revenues ($ million)
2006 2009 2012
US 538 2,010 3,941
UK 42 364 708
Japan 24 155 510
Germany 9 77 254
France 10 68 238
Source: Informa Telecoms & Media

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2008 Presidential Race Ad Spend to Hit $1 billion

Total ad spending on the 2008 presidential race over the next two years could reach $1 billion, according to Evan Tracey, chief operating officer of TNSMI/Campaign Media, reports AdAge. 

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Air Travelers Worldwide to Double to 9 billion a Year by 2025: Report

The number of air travelers worldwide is expected to double by 2025, rising to more than 9 billion a year, according to the Airports Council International (ACI) report "Global Traffic Forecast 2006-2025". There are currently about 4.2 billion global air travelers a year.

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