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Numbers of note

India produces nearly 500,000 technical graduates annually.

     Print Edition: Sept 23, 2007

600,000: The number of engineers China produced in 2005. India produces nearly 500,000 technical graduates annually.

$649 billion: Amount raked in by OPEC members through petroleum exports in 2006, up 22 per cent from the previous year.

1,274: The number of companies listed on the NSE. The exchange recorded a 16.6 per cent jump in the number of listings during the 12-month period ended July, next only to Poland's Warsaw Stock Exchange, which recorded a 29 per cent jump in the number of listings. The National Stock Exchange was launched in 1994-95 with about 100 companies.

50 per cent: The growth in PE deals in India in the first seven months of 2007, compared to the corresponding period last year. Global private equity firms, including Blackstone and Carlyle Group, have invested $3.8 billion (Rs 15,580 crore) so far this year. The record volume has been reached through 81 M&A deals.

$39.6 billion (Rs 1,62,360 crore): The total revenues of the Indian IT, software, BPO and KPO sectors in 2006-07.

Rs 25,989 crore: Personal income tax collected by the government in 2007-08 (till August 15, 2007). The figure for 2006-07 was Rs 19,170 crore.

Rs 500 crore: Projected floriculture exports from India in 2007-08, compared to Rs 390 crore in 2006-07.

$4.9 billion (Rs 20,090 crore): FDI inflows into India during the first quarter of 2007-08 compared to $1.7 billion (Rs 6,970 crore) in the corresponding quarter of 2006-07.

$500 million: The estimated losses suffered by foreign businesses every year in India because of piracy.

40: The age of the Big Mac, McDonald's triple-decker burger. McDonald's estimates that 550 million Big Macs are sold each year in the US alone.

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