The film Your Name is the ninth highest-grossing Japanese film of all time © Toho Co Ltd / Kadokawa Corporation
The film Your Name is the ninth highest-grossing Japanese film of all time © Toho Co Ltd / Kadokawa Corporation

Animé films, smashed avocado and oil - the supply chain numbers

20 October 2016

100 billion Yen

The box office take for Your Name, Makoto Shinkai’s animé fantasy about gender swapping, in Japan. Hitherto, only animé movies directed by Hayao Miyazaki have done this level of business at the country’s cinemas. Watched by 8m people since its release in August, Your Name is already the ninth highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time.


The fall in ‘visit share’ for Trump-branded properties in the US in September 2016, according to data from the location-based app Foursquare. The app measures the footfall among its users at Trump hotels, golf clubs and casinos as a percentage of the total number of visits to hotels, golf clubs and casinos in the area — comparing September 2014, before Donald Trump’s candidacy was declared, and September 2016. Visit share was down 21% in Democrat-leaning states such as Illinois, New Jersey and New York.


The number of free black T-shirts that will be delivered to Thailand’s poor by state run banks so they can mourn King Bhumibol who died on 20 October. The monarch was 88 and had reigned for 70 years. Colours are integral to the country’s culture – each day of the week has its own hue – and Thais’ desire to mourn their late monarch is so intense that black clothes have become very hard to find. In the capital Bangkok, dyeing stations have been set up to help locals who don’t have any black clothes.


The growth in China’s GDP in the third quarter of 2016. This was exactly what economists had forecast and also the same as the growth in the previous quarters. The fact that growth hasn’t declined could be seen as good, but some analysts suspect such economic consistency is too good to be believed and suggest this reflects a lending binge that pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy.


The number of smashed avocado toasts a millennial in Sydney would need to forego to save a 10% deposit for a two-bedroom home in the southern suburb of St George. The calculation was made by demographer Bernard Salt who complained in a column in The Australian: “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 a pop and more. How can young people afford to eat like this?” Salt’s cost-saving recommendations were greeted with derision with comedian Deirdre Fidge writing her ‘life story’ entitled I Stopped Eating Smashed Avocado And Now I Own A Castle’. However, food publication Broadsheet took his advice and collaborated with four restaurants to reduce smashed avo prices for ‘home savers’.


The price of a barrel of oil at which Saudi Arabia will balance its budget in 2016, according to the IMF. Eighty per cent of the kingdom’s revenue derives from oil and it is making strenuous efforts to cut costs and diversify its economy, but the IMF forecast suggests they’re not having as much impact as previously predicted. The Saudis are at least better placed than Libya, which will only balance its budget if oil prices shoot up from their present level – $50-60 a barrel – to $216 a barrel.


The level of unemployment in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the African Development Bank, which regards this as a “threat to social cohesion”. That figure reflects the fact that, as McKinsey Consultancy says, the benefits of economic growth in the region in the past decade have not been spread as widely as they could have been.

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