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Health of US Tech Sector at Highest Level in Five Years on Global Demand

The Forrester/ITAA Tech Sector Index — which measures the health of the US technology industry — reached its highest level in five and a half years in Q4 2006, rising two points to 128.8, according to Forrester Research, Inc. and the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA). 

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Private Equity Bonus Scorecard 2006: Dealmaker

Private-equity funds continued to increase their dominant position on both ends of the domestic markets; they accounted for roughly one-fourth of M&A activity and sponsored more than 40% of all IPOs, with the time between purchase and sale often shrinking to mere months, reports Dealmaker magazine. 

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Chinese Consumer Market to Hit $8.8 trillion by 2020; Becomes Second Largest by 2015

China is on course to become the world's second-largest consumer market by 2015, according to Credit Suisse, reports Reuters. Credit Suisse projects that the value of Chinese consumption will hit $8.8 trillion by 2020, fueled partly by a 5% yearly appreciation in the yuan between now and then.

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Existing-Home Sales Rise in February to Highest Level Since Last April

Existing-home sales rose a strong 3.9% to annual rate1 of 6.69 million units in February following a healthy gain in January, reaching the highest level since last April, according to the National Association of Realtors. The national median existing-home price for all housing types was $212,800 in February, down 1.3 percent from February 2006 when the median was $215,700. 

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February Search Engine Rankings: Google Captured 48.1% of the 6.9 billion Searches

Americans conducted 6.9 billion searches online in February, up 1 percent versus January and 19 percent versus February 2006, according to comScore. Google Sites captured 48.1 percent of the U.S. search market, gaining 0.6 share points from the previous month.  

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123 million Americans Viewed an Average 151 minutes of Online Video in January

7.2 billion Videos Online In January, nearly 123 million people in the U.S. (70% of the total U.S. Internet audience) viewed 7.2 billion videos online, according to comScore. 

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Female CEOs on the Rise

The percentage of outgoing CEOs replaced by women increased 11% in 2006 and so far the upward trend appears to be continuing in 2007, according to a report by Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., which tracks CEO changes daily. 

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Networking/IP to Drive Video Surveillance Market to $9B by 2011

The video surveillance industry is expanding rapidly due to rising security needs combined with a spate of technological innovations—including the migration to digital, fully networked systems, according to the market-research firm iSuppli Corp. 

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Worldwide Internet Audience Jumps 10% to 747 million; China No.2 with 87M Users

Worldwide Internet audience has grown 10% in last year to 747 million people, age 15+, in January 2007, according to comScore Networks. Among the top 15 countries, Internet audiences in India, the Russian Federation and China increased the most in 2006, growing 33%, 21% and 20%, respectively. 

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