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Number of global social network users 2017-2028

May 17, 2024 | Social Media & User-Generated Content

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Largest stock exchange operators worldwide 2024, by market capitalization

May 15, 2024 | Stocks

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the largest stock exchange in the world, with an equity market capitalization of over 28 trillion U.S. dollars as of March 2024. The following three exchanges were the NASDAQ, the Euronext, and the Japan Exchange Group. 

What is a stock exchange?

A stock exchange is a marketplace where stockbrokers, traders, buyers, and sellers can trade in equities products. The largest exchanges have thousands of listed companies. These companies sell shares of their business, giving the general public the opportunity to invest in them. The oldest stock exchange worldwide is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, founded in the late sixteenth century. 

Other functions of a stock exchange

Since these are publicly traded companies, every firm listed on a stock exchange has had an initial public offering (IPO). The largest IPOs can raise billions of dollars in equity for the firm involved. Related to stock exchanges are derivatives exchanges, where stock options, futures contracts, and other derivatives can be traded.

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Global revenue of the e-commerce market 2023, by country

May 15, 2024 | Key Figures of E-Commerce

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General election party support of registered voters in South Africa 2024

Apr 27, 2024 | Elections

As of April 2024, a sample survey determined that around 40 percent of respondents stated they would vote for the African National Congress (ANC) party in the general election taking place on May, 29. The Democratic Alliance (DA) followed, with a share of almost 22 percent. Interestingly, the new addition of the uMkhonto we Sizwe party (MK) has had an effect on the overall distribution of political support when compared to a previous survey.

It is important to note that these results do not present a prediction for the election results, as various factors could influence the voters' decision until the election day.

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Average gasoline and diesel prices in the U.S. 2022-2024

May 27, 2024 | Prices, Marketing, and Trade

The average price for regular gasoline in the United States stood at 3.62 U.S. dollars per gallon on May 13, 2024. This compared to a diesel price of 3.93 U.S. dollars per gallon. Prices decreased slightly in the second week of May, which is also reflected in crude oil benchmarks.

Real price surge of 2022 and 2023 still below 2011 to 2014 prices

When looking at the real price of gasoline over time, U.S. drivers had to pay notably more in the years between 2011 and 2014. The surge in prices noted throughout 2022 and partly for 2023, which followed supply constraints, was still lower in terms of real U.S. dollars.

U.S. on lower-end spectrum of worldwide motor fuel prices

The U.S. has some of the lowest conventional motor fuel prices in the world. Although fuel prices are usually higher in high-income countries, the U.S. profits from its position as the world’s largest crude oil producer and can keep retail prices for oil products comparatively low. For example, among high-income countries, prices for automotive premium gasoline (RON 95) were only lower in Russia and Saudi Arabia - countries where crude oil and oil product exports are in part restricted by sanctions, thus keeping domestic supply high.

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Global brand value of Barbie from 2015 to 2024

May 21, 2024 | Toys

In 2024, the Barbie brand was valued at approximately 720 million U.S. dollars. The brand's value saw a noticeable uptick following the success of the Barbie movie. Barbie is a well-known toy doll invented by Ruth Handler and manufactured by American toy company Mattel. 

The Barbie Movie

Although the Barbie doll has existed for several decades, all eyes had been on the brand even more since the announcement of the Barbie movie, featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Zoomers and millennials in the United States were especially aware of the existence of the film. When asked in late July 2023, whether or not they intended to go see the movie, the majority said no; however, a considerable share of moviegoers in the United States had planned to watch “Barbie” in theaters.


Mattel, which is responsible for a number of toy brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, and Fisher-Price, is one of the world’s largest toy companies. In 2023, the company generated close to five and a half billion U.S. dollars in revenue, which is a noticeable increase compared to the figures recorded between 2018 and 2020. Just over half of Mattel’s revenue was generated through its North America segment.

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Most popular smartphone brands in China 2024

May 15, 2024 | Mobile Devices

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Most Europa League titles 1971-2024, by club

May 23, 2024 | Soccer

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African countries hosting the most refugees 2023

May 14, 2024 | Migration

Uganda hosted the largest number of refugees in Africa as of 2023: Nearly 1.5 million. Sudan followed, providing asylum to just under 1.1 million individuals, while Ethiopia hosted around 880,000 refugees. In general, the East and Horn of Africa were host to most of the refugees in the continent.

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Biggest contactless payment brands at POS in Australia 2024

May 16, 2024 | Digital Shopping Behaviour

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