The number of $1,000 reservations for Tesla’s new Model 3 electric car, implying future sales of $14bn for the automotive company run by CEO Elon Musk. Tesla will need to crank up capacity at its Fremont, California factory to meet demand: it produced just 50,658 vehicles in 2015.
The last year US Steel made a profit. The company has just announced plans to cut 750 jobs in America. With the global steel industry in crisis, more lay-offs are expected to be made at the company’s plants in Kosice, Slovakia.
The size of Aldi’s new distribution centre in Bolton, Lancashire, the largest in the UK for the discount supermarket chain. The £50m plant is part of a huge investment this year in the UK, with the company opening a record 80 new stores by the end of 2016.
The number of times a truck was stopped at barriers manned by officials on a 70-mile journey from the Ghanaian port of Terna to Paga, on the Burkina Faso border. During the trial journey the truck was stopped 41 times by police and 12 times by customs officials. Corruption and bureaucracy blight West Africa’s regional economy, hampering trade between neighbouring states.
The equivalent number of bottles of Spanish wine poured down drains by 150 irate French farmers after they hijacked five tankers near the Mediterranean town of Perpignan. The vintners were protesting at “unfair competition” from cheap Spanish and Italian wine, some of which, they alleged, had been fraudulently labelled.
The typical delay facing oil tankers as they seek to offload cargoes at the Chinese port of Qingdao. Freed from government restraints, China’s refiners are placing large orders for cheap crude oil and this week 15 tankers were said to be waiting in port.
The percentage of US hens raised without cages – that amounts to about 18m birds. That proportion looks set to increase rapidly after Wal-Mart, which has a quarter of the US grocery market, announced that by 2025 it would eliminate cages from its egg supply chain.