The business week (31 October – 4 November 2016) in an infographic
Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.
Halloween means business | Monday, 31 October 2016
TESCO and ASDA supermarkets were expecting to sell collectively 5 million pumpkins this Halloween, while the total Halloween-related retail spending has been increasing over the years with Verdict Retail forecasting to reach £472m in 2016.
Sony: 2nd quarter (Q2 FY2016, July – September 2016) Financial Results | Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Operating income almost halved (from ¥88.0bn to 45.7bn) compared to Q2 FY2015. Similar (47.8%) was the decline of smartphone sales (6.7m units in Q2 2015 down to 3.5m in Q2 2016).
Alibaba revenue soars in the quarter ended September 30, 2016 | Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Total revenue for the three months ended 30 September was US$5,142m; 55% up from the equivalent period in 2015.
Contactless card payments in the UK in August 2016 | Thursday, 3 November 2016
Up by 30.2% compared to August 2015, there were 97 million contactless debit cards in circulation in August 2016. More than 1 in 5 payments by card were contactless in the same period. On average the amount spent per contactless transaction was £8.97.
Rolls-Royce & MINI (BMW Group) Q3 (July – September) 2016 results | Friday, 4 November 2016
941 Rolls-Royce cars were sold worldwide in Q3 2016; that’s about 10 cars a day. With 89,179 MINI cars sold in the same period, that’s about 970 cars a day. In other words in Q3 2016 every day MINI was selling as many cars as Rolls-Royce sold during the whole quarter (92 days).
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