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Last Build Date: Mon, 14 May 2007 16:36:34 -0500

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Online Clothing Sales Surpass Computers for the First Time; To Hit $22.1B in 2007

Mon, 14 May 2007 16:36:34 -0500

Americans last year spent more online on clothing than they did on computers for the first time in history, according to the first part of The State of Retailing Online 2007 report by and Forrester Research. The report found the apparel, accessories and footwear category reached $18.3 billion in 2006 and is expected to hit $22.1 billion in 2007. 

Tourism to Bring $110 Billion to Asia Pacific by 2009

Thu, 10 May 2007 14:27:16 -0500

Tourism should bring the Asia Pacific region $110 billion in revenues over the next three years, with much of that coming from travelers in the region, according according to the report from the Pacific Asia Travel Association or PATA, reports AP.

Gartner Says 80% of Active Internet Users Will Have A Second Life 

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 17:03:53 -0500

By the end of 2011, 80% of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a “second life”, but not necessarily in Second Life, according to Gartner, Inc.

US Agency Revenue Up 8.8% to $28.2 Billion

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:57:04 -0500

U.S. agencies offering digital marketing services led the charge as overall agency revenue grew 8.8% to $28.2 billion in 2006, reports AdAge. Billings from traditional advertising and media were up just 4.2%, reaching $13.1 billion. Income from marketing offerings rose from 13.1% to hit $15.1 billion. 

Ranks of Millionaire Households at Record 9.3 Million 

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:54:17 -0500

The ranks of households with a net worth of at least $1 million grew 5% to an all-time high of 9.3 million, according to a report released Monday by TNS. he report covers the year through mid-2006; the value of primary residences was not included.

Consumer Spending Weakest in 8 Months Despite Solid Income Growth

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 16:28:14 -0500

Consumer spending grew at the weakest pace in 6 months in March, despite solid income growth and good news on a key inflation reading in the government's latest measure of the U.S. economy. The weak spending came even as the report showed individual incomes jumped 0.7% in March. 

User-Generated Content No.1 Threat to Media and Entertainment Industry: Accenture Survey

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 15:11:21 -0500

(image) Media and entertainment executives see the growing ability and eagerness of individuals to create their own content as one of the biggest threats to their business, according to a recent Accenture survey. 

Click Fraud Rate Rises to 14.8% in First Quarter

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:46:26 -0500

(image) The pay-per-click (PPC) industry average click fraud rate jumped to 14.8% for 1Q07 from 14.2% in 4Q06, according to Click Forensics. The average click fraud rate was 13.8% for 3Q06, 14.1% for 2Q06, and 13.7% from 1Q06.

Overheating Worries: China Economy Sizzles with 11.1% Growth in Q1 07

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:42:58 -0500

(image) China's economy surged 11.1% in the first quarter, causing the country's Cabinet to declare Thursday it will take steps to keep the economy from overheating, reports AP. It was the highest growth rate since Q2 2006's 11.5% growth, the fastest in a decade.

Worldwide PC Shipments Hit 62.7 million in Q1 2007, Says Gartner

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:40:00 -0500

(image) Worldwide PC shipments totaled 62.7 million units in the first quarter of 2007, a 8.9 percent increase from the same period last year, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. The Asia/Pacific region surpassed the U.S. PC market to take the No. 2 position in terms of shipments for the first time.

Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing Market to Exceed $100 Billion by 2010: IDC

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:34:23 -0500

(image) Worldwide IT leasing and financing market, encompassing leasing or financing IT equipment, software, and IT-related services, exceeded $70 billion worldwide in 2006, and will pass the $100 billion mark by 2010, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of more than 8%, according to IDC. 

Broadband Internet Access Reaches 77% - Wireless Connectivity To Drive Next Phase 

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 13:29:50 -0500

(image) The number of Internet adults utilizing ‘wired’ broadband connections may be peaking, according to results released from Ipsos Insight’s annual The Face of the Web study. At the end of 2006, it is estimated that 77% of the global online population was utilizing a broadband connection to access the Internet. 

Global Broadband Subscribers to Double by 2011 to Hit 620 million 

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:59:48 -0500

(image) The global broadband market is expanding at a rapid pace, with both equipment revenue and global subscribers expected to increase robustly during the next few years, according to iSuppli Corp. Global broadband subscribers will grow to 622.7 million by 2011, more than double the 270.4 million in 2006.

$1-a-year CEOs - Making it Up with Stock and Perks!

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:50:42 -0500

(image) The heads of Apple, Capital One, DreamWorks and Google each collect a salary of just $1 a year, bucking the trend of digging for a bigger CEO pay packet - the $1 million a year the typical CEO can get, reports USA Today.  While some experts laud CEOs for making an important symbolic statement with their $1-a-year salaries, others take a more cynical view.

Worldwide Rankings of Top Web Properties for February 2007: comScore

Tue, 10 Apr 2007 10:47:50 -0500

(image) comScore reported the February 2007 worldwide rankings of top Web properties from its World Metrix service, based on unique visitors.  Microsoft and Google sites attarcted over half a billion unique users in February, followed closely by Yahoo with 459 million unique users worldwide.