The top five positions in the official UK album chart on 1 May were filled by Prince. The countdown for the star, who died on 21 April at the age of 57, was: at No.5, Sign O’ The Times; at No.4, The Hits/The B-Sides; at No.3, Purple Rain – the original soundtrack; at No.2 Ultimate and at No.1, The Very Best Of. Demand has been even stronger in the US: in the week after his death, 4.4m of his albums were sold.
The amount – £3,979 – a Moscow court has ordered McDonald’s to pay Ivan Sergeyev for using poetry written by his grandmother Adelina Adalis without permission. Lines she wrote were used in a commercial to sell egg and oatmeal.
The number of Chevrolet vehicles ordered by Iran. The deal, worth $7m, was cancelled after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei criticised imports of American cars and stressed the need to build up the country’s own automotive industry.
The year the US Supreme Court ruled, in the case of Quill Corp v North Dakota, that only a company with a physical presence in a state could be taxed. South Dakota is seeking to get this decision reversed by filing lawsuits against four online retailers forcing them to comply with a new state law that requires them to collect and remit sales tax.
The number of robots for every 10,000 manufacturing workers employed in South Korea, compared to 314 in Japan, 292 in Germany and 36 in China. Last year, 244,000 robots were sold globally, with China buying 66,000 of those.
The annual saving for British families generated by price wars between discounters Aldi and Lidl and more established supermarkets according to research from Kantar Worldpanel. Their study also suggests that prices of some fresh food – notably broccoli, onions, bananas and fresh peppers – have fallen by 15% in the past year.