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Numbers of note

May 13, 2008

Rs 8,000 crore: Cost of the 27-storey skyscraper being built in Mumbai by Mukesh Ambani. Once completed, this will be the world’s largest and costliest privately-owned home, according to Forbes

$7 (Rs 280): The amount Indian space agency ISRO charges for a satellite image of every sq. km of earth, compared to $16-20 (Rs 640-800) charged by its competitors worldwide. ISRO data sales increased 50 per cent in 2007

2,300 per cent: Rise in Apple Computer’s share price over the past five years. Total sales (driven largely by the iPod and the iPhone) have jumped from $5.2 billion to $24 billion during this period. Its market capitalisation, at $154 billion, tops that of giants Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Intel

240 million: The number of people across the planet who will be using mobile instant messaging by 2011

14.4 per cent: The rise in wages in India in 2008, the fifth successive year of double-digit growth in salary increments

800: Number of vehicles per 1,000 people in America compared to fewer than 30 in China and 20 in India

30 million tonnes: The amount of corn that was used in the US last year to produce biofuels

$354 million (Rs 1,416 crore): The estimated size of the Indian animation industry in 2006. It is expected to reach $869 million (Rs 3,476 crore) by 2010, according to NASSCOM

125: Number of branches CitiFinancial (Citigroup India’s NBFC) is planning to close in India; CitiFinancial has 450 branches in the country

421,686 tonnes: Edible oil India imported in March 2008

16,226: Total number of stores run by Starbucks across the world

369 million: The subscriber base of China Mobile, the world’s largest telco


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