Figuratively Speaking by John MacIntyre

Figuratively Speaking For September 02, 2012

Percentage of U.S.-based midsized companies that incurred unintended expenses related to noncompliance with government regulations in the past year, according to a study conducted by the ADP Research Institute: 33

Average number of fines or penalties incurred by businesses that process payroll in-house: 5.7

Average number of fines or penalties for companies that outsource their payroll: 2

Source: ADP.

Percentage of travelers who are more likely to overindulge on food on vacation than while at home, according to a survey by TripAdvisor: 65

Percentage who are more likely to overindulge on alcohol: 49

In spite of calorie-laden temptations on the road, percentage of respondents who rarely or never feel guilty about their vacation excesses, post-trip: 81

Source: TripAdvisor.

Value of the global pet food market in 2011, according to a market report published by Transparency Market Research: $58.6 billion

Expected value by 2017: $74.8 billion

Percentage of the total revenue accounted for by North America, the largest regional segment for the pet food industry in terms of revenue generation: 40

Source: Transparency Market Research.

Percentage of Americans (18 and over) who have engaged in "sexting," according to research from the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms: 23

Percentage who have sent a naughty photo or video: 16

Source: Trojan Brand Condoms.

Of 19 world markets studied, percentage of respondents in the United States (the only country with a minority percentage) who say they feel younger than their age, according to research by Euro RSCG Worldwide: 47

Percentage of people in the global sample who are also confident they look younger than most of their peers: 55

Source: Euro RSCG.

Year that Edwin Perkins invented Kool-Aid, according to the Census Bureau: 1927

Estimated number of gallons of Kool-Aid that are consumed worldwide each year: 500 million

Source: Census Bureau.

By using the new stop-start technology that automatically shuts off the engine when a driver is stuck in traffic or waiting for a red light to change, percentage improvement that can be achieved in fuel economy, according to the AAA: 12

Cost of the system where stop-start is offered as an option: $300

If gasoline costs $3.75 per gallon, amount saved annually in fuel costs by the owner of a car that normally gets 20 mpg and is driven 12,000 miles per year: $167

Source: AAA.

Percentage of rewards card holders who reported this May they would use rewards for summer vacations, according to the Capital One Rewards Barometer: 33

Percentage of respondents who actually redeemed rewards: 21

Source: Capital One Financial Corp.

In the U.K., impact in pounds sterling that the betting industry had on the U.K. economy, according to a Deloitte report: 3 billion pounds

Estimated number of jobs that the industry supports: 100,000

Estimated amount of money that Americans spend per year on state-run lotteries alone: $50 billion

Source: PayPerHead.com.

Percentage of consumers who said that they have been lured into stores due to back-to-school sales and promotions for items under $1, according to the results of PriceGrabber's back-to-school shopping survey: 25

Percentage of consumers who chose "sales" as the top retailer promotion that will entice them to make a back-to-school purchase this year: 88

Source: PriceGrabber.com.

Idle Thought

"The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of." -- Blaise Pascal

(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)