Cooling growth in China and an economic trouble in Europe are adding to pressure on the Bank of Japan and the government to step up policy support as the economy struggles to recover from the pain of an April sales tax hike. Today’s graphic contains seven charts on key economic indicators of the Japanese economy.
Apple posted better-than-expected revenue yesterday on the back of a record iPhone launch that saw 39 million of the smartphones sold in the September quarter. Last week, the company introduced its new iPads. We already took at look at how the iPad Air matches up against its competition. Today we scale it down a bit to see how the iPad mini compares to its major competitors on the market.
In less than a decade, stevia powder has stolen a large piece of the $1.3-billion global market for artificial sweeteners. The data in today’s graphic below show that stevia’s share as a food ingredient is rapidly growing, as other sweeteners face slowing growth or declining demand.
Yesterday Apple introduced the iPad Air 2, a faster, slimmer version of its predecessor with other modest improvements. Today’s graphic compares the new iPad to four of its major competitors on the market.
The countries worst affected by the Ebola outbreak could suffer severe economic consequences. Based on estimates from the World Bank, together they could lose more than $800 million in GDP in 2015 if the outbreak is not contained quickly. Those three countries are already some of the poorest in the world. Today’s graphic looks at the economic impact of the Ebola epidemic on Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
Privatization is a key part of China’s push to revamp an unpopular national healthcare system, plagued by crowded hospitals, corruption and simmering tension between patients and staff. Spurred by government policies and soaring demand for healthcare, private care is growing fast, as seen in today’s graphic below.
The 2030 Water Resources Group (WRG) expects China’s total water usage to reach 818 billion cubic meters in 2030. The Chinese government, on the other hand, is aiming to cap the country’s annual water consumption at 700 billion cubic meters in 2030. Today’s graphic tracks China’s national water usage since 2000.
Standard & Poor lowered Finland’s long-term ratings to AA+ on Friday, on weak economic growth. S&P also revised France’s outlook to negative in light of a deteriorating budgetary situation and difficulties pushing through reforms. Today’s graphic lists the long-term sovereign debt ratings for some of the world’s major economies.
Over $740 million has been committed or pledged to an appeal by the United Nations and its partners in aid of the fight against the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. Today’s graphic looks at the contributors, recipients and responding agencies involved with Ebola aid funding.