Year the nation's telephone service options changed forever when AT&T complied with a Justice Department mandate to give up its local Bell System companies in what has been termed the most significant antitrust suit since the breakup of Standard Oil in 1911, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1982
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Percentage of Americans who think the old, pre-recession economy will return, according to the latest Country Financial Security Index survey: 27
Percentage of these Americans who don't expect to see it return until 2015 or later: 50
Source: Country Financial.
Percentage of young adults in the United States aged 18 to 29 who expect their marriages to last a lifetime, even though half of all marriages end in divorce, according to a study released by Clark University: 86
Percentage of respondents who believe that couples should walk down the aisle and exchange wedding vows before having a child: 73
Source: Clark University.
Ranks of Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver on the list of the top cities with the world's best quality of living, according to the Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Ranks of Honolulu (28), San Francisco (29), Boston (35), Chicago (42) and Washington, D.C., (43) on the list of the top American cities: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Percentage of chief information officers who said their companies block access to online shopping sites (down from 60 percent last year), according to a poll by Robert Half Technology: 33
Percentage of respondents who said they allow access but monitor activity for excessive use: 55
Source: Robert Half.
Percentage of business technology professionals who say 20 percent or more of their IT operations are outsourced, up from 34 percent in 2010, according to Information Week magazine: 50
Source: Information Week.
Percentage of consumers who say the main reason they shop in stores is for convenience, according to the results of a survey by Continuum: 40
Percentage who say they don't trust the quality online: 22
Percentage who say they don't want to pay for shipping/returns: 17
Percentage who say they shop in stores for better prices: 17
Percentage of consumers who say their health is good, according to the Consumer Health Mindset survey: 87
Percentage who say they are overweight or obese: 23
Percentage of those consumers who report being in good health who actually report height and weight that categorize them in the body mass index as overweight or obese categories: 53
Source: Aon Consulting.
In the year of the snake, the luxury spending per individual for China's ultra-high-net-worth individuals, according to predictions from Wealth-X: $570,000
Total luxury spending for the group, who number more than 12,000: $7 billion
Luxury spending per ultra-high-net-worth individuals in the U.S.: $1,350,000
Combined net worth projected to be reached (more than the GDPs of South Korea and Taiwan combined) by Chinese ultra-high-net-worth individuals: $1.7 trillion
Average range of prices for Super Bowl XLVII ads, according to AdAge: $3.7 million to $3.8 million
"The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell." -- Confucius
(Readers can contact John MacIntyre at johnmacintyre(at)bwr.eastlink.ca.)