9 December: Seven facts of the week

9 December 2015

Here are seven key numbers from the world of procurement and supply chain:

1. $10.8 billion that will spent on freight-specific projects after US Congress negotiators agreed to a $305 billion spending plan to fund highways and mass-transit projects until 2019. (WSJ)

2) 15.82 million car sales in the US in 2015 after a strong November raised the possibility of the 2000 peak of 17.35 million sales being challenged. (WSJ)

3) 0.3 per cent: Percentage shrink of the Taiwan half-trillion-dollar economy from July to September as it slipped into recession. The world’s 19th largest economy had contracted 1.14 per cent in the previous quarter. (voanews.com)

4) £14 million of funding announced by UK business secretary Sajid Javid for two aerospace research projects at Airbus. (BBC)

5) 95 per cent of fresh produce that UK supermarket chain Asda fears may be under threat in years to come because of climate change. (BBC)

6) 15,000. Number of unsafe 'hoverboards' seized by UK trading standards officers after three reports of house fires in London caused by the faulty devices. (BBC)

7) 11 per cent rise expected in containers bringing toys to the US, driven by the demand for Star Wars toys. (chron.com)


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