Skip to content

The business week (31 October – 4 November 2016) in an infographic

7 November, 2016

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).

BBC Business Live
Monday, 31 October 2016
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Thursday, 3 November 2016
Friday, 4 November 2016

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
The business week (24-28 October 2016) in an infographic #4
The business week (17-21 October 2016) in an infographic #3
The business week (10-14 October 2016) in an infographic #2
The business week (3-7 October 2016) in an infographic #1

The business week (24-28 October 2016) in an infographic

28 October, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Smartwatch sales drop in Q3 (July-September) 2016 | Monday, 24 October 2016

According to an IDC report from 5.6 million watches sold in the third quarter (Q3) of 2015, only 2.7m watches were sold during Q3 2016. During the same period, Apple sold 1.1m watches in 2016 from 3.9m in 2015 while Garmin went up to 0.6m watches in 2016 from 0.1m watches in 2015.

Costa: First half of the year (H1) results (to 1 September 2016) | Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Costa coffee has 3,401 stores worldwide: 2,121 of them are in the UK. It also has 5,970 express machines installed worldwide. System sales in the first half of the year were £841.1m, up by 11.9% compared to the first half of 2015 (£755.4m).

Peugeot unit sales (July – September 2016) | Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Peugeot worldwide unit sales in Q3 (July-September) 2016 were 441,300 (25.6% up compared to Q3 2015). Highest increase was in the Middle East & Africa where Peugeot sold 124,200 cars (up by 408.8%).

UK Car Manufacturing: September 2016 | Thursday, 27 October 2016

77.1% (123,119 units) of the cars manufactured in September 2016 in the UK were exported. The total production was 159,726 cars.

Baidu Q3 (July – September) 2016 results | 28 October 2016

Baidu is the equivalent of Google for Chinese-speaking people. The name of the search engine was inspired by an old (800+ years) Chinese love poem. It literally means “hundreds of times”. 660 million users searched the internet via Baidu in September 2016.

BBC Business Live
Monday, 24 October 2016
Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Thursday, 27 October 2016
Friday, 28 October 2016

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
The business week (17-21 October 2016) in an infographic #3
The business week (10-14 October 2016) in an infographic #2
The business week (3-7 October 2016) in an infographic #1

The business week (17-21 October 2016) in an infographic

21 October, 2016

Another end-of-the-business-week infographic where we look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Betting companies merging | Monday, 17 October 2016

Betting companies were making news in the early days of the past week. On Monday Ladbrokes and Coral suggested to sell 359 betting offices which is a condition in order for the two companies to be merged. On Tuesday on the other hand William Hill decided to stop discussions with Amaya for a potential merger.

DB Cargo UK: 893 planned redundancies | Tuesday, 18 October 2016

On Tuesday DB Cargo announced plans to cut 893 jobs in the UK. The company also reported 33% fall in coal trains and 78% fall in steel trains for the period 1 January to 30 September 2016 compared to the equivalent period in 2015.

Hotel Chocolat: Preliminary Results for the period ended 26 June 2016 | Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The results show that the company goes from strength to strength: 7 new stores, 12% revenue increase and 93% increase of pre-tax profits.

Retail Sales in Britain (percentage of Internet Sales): September 2016 | Thursday, 20 October 2016

Excluding motor fuel 15% of all retail sales in Britain in September 2016 were done via the internet: an all-time record. Most likely the trend will continue.

Mercedes record unit sales (July-September 2016) | 21 October 2016

And we conclude the infographic similarly to last week: car sales. Mercedes-Benz increased its sales by 11% in the third quarter of the year (July-September); that’s 565,600 new cars. Sales in China were 20% up (pretty much same as Volkswagen sales presented last week).

BBC Business Live
Monday, 17 October 2016
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Thursday, 20 October 2016
Friday, 21 October 2016

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
The business week (10-14 October 2016) in an infographic #2
The business week (3-7 October 2016) in an infographic #1

The business week (10-14 October 2016) in an infographic

14 October, 2016

While the plummet of the pound and the increase of the FTSE 100 was dominant during the whole week, we started the week with music.

Vinyl’s comeback | Monday, 10 October 2016

Inspired by an article in The Economist our graphic was about the vinyl record industry. Main points are that the industry looks strong and that a younger generation (aged 25-34) is the main target audience (33%).

Samsung Galaxy Note7: Production permanently discontinued | Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Tuesday was occupied with news regarding Samsung’s smartphone. Samsung announced on the day that Galaxy Note7’s production was permanently discontinued. A timeline article by the BBC was the main source of the infographic.

Monarch Airlines: £165m investment | Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Monarch Airlines flew about 5.7m passengers in 2015. Its load factor is above 80% for the last five years and its fleet of 34 Airbus aircraft is to be replaced by Boeings (737 Max) starting in 2018. The £165m investment it received on Wednesday will undoubtedly come handy.

TESCO vs Unilever: how a 10% increase would affect the price of Marmite | Thursday, 13 October 2016

Thursday was marmite’s day. TESCO and Unilever dispute over a 10% increase on the retail price of the products of the latter kept the media busy. At the end of the day the issue was resolved and the consensus seems to be that TESCO is the winner; so there will be no price increase.

Volkswagen car sales in September 2016: rise thanks to China | 14 October 2016

Volkswagen published today (Friday) sales numbers for September 2016. Worldwide they are 7.1% up (compared to September 2015). In China they bought 382,300 Volkswagen cars, a 20.1% increase compared to the same month last year.

BBC Business Live
Monday, 10 October 2016
Tuesday, 11 October 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Thursday, 13 October 2016
Friday, 14 October 2016

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
The business week (10-14 October 2016) in an infographic #2
easyFoodstore: cupboard food the easy style (infographic)

The business week (3-7 October 2016) in an infographic

7 October, 2016

It’s Friday evening, nearly at the end of the business week and we take an infographic look at some of the business news that attracted our attention during the week.

Job cuts

On Monday, ING Bank announced that there will be 5,800 redundancies by 2021: 3,500 of them in Belgium and 2,300 in the Netherlands.

The day after it was Ericsson’s turn; it intends to cut 3,000 jobs in Sweden where it is based. [ ]

On Thursday Deutsche Bank said it was cutting 1,000 jobs in Germany and another 340 jobs were planned to be cut by Theranos, the blood testing company in the US.

Pound goes down – FTSE 100 goes up

The plummet of the pound was (and still is) top news during the whole week. On the other hand FTSE 100 almost hit its highest value on Tuesday (well above 7,000 points). Thus it looks like the pound and the FTSE 100 are inversely proportional quantities.

The higher you are paid the more flexible working hours you have

This is according to a research published by charity organisation Working Families on Wednesday. 69% of parents who are paid more than 70K a year work flexibly. For the lower-earning parents (10-40K annually) the percentage is 47.

easyJet’s profits less than expected

Though the airliner achieved record traffic in the last three months (July – September) by flying 22 million passengers, its full-year pre-tax profit is anticipated to be in the region of £490-495m. Last year the easyjet’s profit was £686m.

Qatar Airways orders 40 Boeing aircrafts

Today (Friday) Boeing announced that Qatar Airways (its fleet includes already 84 Boeing aircraft) ordered thirty (30) 787-9 Dreamliners and ten (10) 777-300ERs.

BBC Business Live
Monday, 3 October 2016
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Thursday, 6 October 2016
Friday, 7 October 2016

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
easyFoodstore: cupboard food the easy style (infographic)
Seating capacity decreases as spectators become bigger [infographic]

The medals and the metals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

8 August, 2016



The medals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are the heaviest summer Olympic Games medals ever. They weigh 500g each, 100g more than the second heaviest (London 2012).

With a diameter of 85mm they are also the biggest summer Olympic Games medals together with the London 2012 ones.

The infographic above focuses mostly on the composition, the ingredients of the medals: the metals that they are made of.

Starting with the gold medals, they are made of sterling silver (98.8%) and an external thin layer of mercury-free gold (1.2% – 6g).

The silver medals are made of 100% sterling silver. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver (92.5%) with copper (7.5%).

Finally the bronze medals are actually made of brass. Bronze is an alloy of copper with tin while the bronze medals of Rio 2016 are made of an alloy of copper (95%) with zinc (5%).

The Mint of Brazil produced 812 gold, 812 silver and 864 bronze medals. In total  2,488 medals were produced weighing 1,244kg and containing 746.6 kg of silver, 470.9 kg of copper, 21.6 kg of zinc and just 4.9 kg of gold.

What metals each medal contains

Gold medal (812 pieces)
Silver: 456.95g (91.39%)
Copper: 37.05g (7.41%)
Gold: 6g (1.2%)

Silver medal (812 pieces)
Silver: 462.5g (92.5%)
Copper: 37.5g (7.5%)

Bronze medal (864 pieces)
Copper: 475g (95%)
Zinc: 25g (5%)

Total metal contained in the medals of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Gold: 4.872kg
Zinc: 21.600kg
Copper: 470.9346kg
Silver: 746.5934kg

The National Rio 2016: Making the medals – ‘nothing can match the sensitivities of hand-design’
Seeker 2016 Olympic Medals Have a Recycled Heart
AFP via Astro AWANI Curvy Brazilian women inspire Olympic medal design
Parsons, P. & Dixon, G. (2013).
The periodic table : a field guide to the elements. London: Quercus.

Many thanks to Gary Meenaghan for providing us with the dimensions of the Rio 2016 Olympic medals.

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at other related posts:
Bigger, thicker, heavier: the evolution of the Olympic Games medals infographic
2012 London Olympic Games: Ticket Prices
A history of the Basketball World Championships (Mundobasket) [1950-2006]

easyFoodstore: cupboard food the easy style (infographic)

1 August, 2016

Click on the image to enlarge it


It has been six months since Stelios Haji-Ioannou launched his latest experiment, easyFoodstore. In an infographic we tell its story so far.

All items 25p

On the 1st of February 2016 the founder of easyjet opened the pilot and only store so far in Park Royal West in London.

As with most of Stelios’ other companies, the emphasis of easyFoodstore is on the low prices. For the first month of business (February 2016) all the items (mainly ‘cupboard’ food) were sold in the store for 25p (0.33 US$, 0.30 EUR). In March and April all items went up to 29p.

In May the prices went back to 25p “only while stocks last” and since July there is a “buy one get one free” offer on rich tea biscuits, plain flour, pickled onions and mayonnaise.

Location, competitors and opening hours

On the infographic we show on a map of Greater London the location of the store (on the North Circular Road, London, NW10 7XP).

The infographic also features high street supermarket stores (ASDA, TESCO, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Lidl, Waitrose) close to easyFoodstore – within 3 miles walking distance (according to Directions from Google Maps).

A comparison of the total opening hours per week of each supermarket shows that easyFoodstore (open now Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am-5.30pm) is the store with the least opening hours (48 per week) among its competitors. On the other end of the spectrum the closest ASDA superstores are open 141 hours per week (almost 3 times longer) and TESCO Extra goes even further (150 hours).

A bit of a history (Timeline) & Queues

Such was the popularity of the store when it first opened that on the third day (Wednesday, 3 February 2016) after its launch, the store had to close as it ran out of stock.

It remained closed the day after (Thursday) for re-stocking and opened again on Friday (5 February) initially (9am) with queues of 50 people which became longer later (at least 126 people according to Dr Food). The week after, the queues were 20-30 people long.

In ‘theory’/according to easyFoodstore spokesmen the target audience of the store is “low-paid, part-time workers, benefits claimants and pensioners.” In practice the queues were increased by journalists, voyeurs and local convenience store owners.

The latter were taking advantage of the very low prices (lower than they would get at their wholesalers) to stock their own stores and most likely were the main reason why on the 15th of February the maximum 10 of each product limit for each customer rule was introduced.

The store also reduced its opening hours from nine to six per opening day (11am-5pm). Opening days were Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), so from initially 45 hours per week the store was open for 30 hours per week (after the 15th of February).

Meanwhile, the store started with a 76-product range priced at 25p. However, when we visited the store on the 18th of February (Thursday) we could only find 21 different products.

On the 1st of March, a month after its launch the range of the products, according to the store, went down to 40. Opening hours were increased to 39 per week (Monday-Friday, 10am to 5.45pm).

Since May the range of the store increased (again according to the store) to 60 products and it is open Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am to 5.30pm (48 hours per week).

In August the plan for the store is to be open Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm.

Visiting the store – Products & Suppliers

From an aesthetic/size/product range point of view easyFoodstore will make your local off-licence look like a superstore. The store is actually so small that the security guards allowed six to seven customers in at one time when we visited in February. (According to The Guardian, in the first week of its operation 15-20 people at a time were allowed). Externally there are some similarities with B&Q (orange colour, sliding doors).

easyFoodstore-noticeOn our first visit (Thursday, 18 February 2016) we arrived at 11.54am and the queue outside the store was nine people long. The woman in front of us, who was with a young child, asked us if anyone could buy from the store or if registration or something similar was needed.

Waiting time in the queue was 11 minutes and during our waiting a passer-by, asked us if a pass (!) was required in order to get into the store.

These two incidents are perhaps indicative of the confusion regarding the new entrepreneurial endeavour by Sir Haji-Ioannou. easyFoodstore for that matter is an ordinary B2C store. There is no need for a pass, registration or anything similar.

One man got into the store and left soon after without buying anything. Though he had come like others with a shopping trolley, he left empty-handed most likely disappointed by the shortage of some items he was intending to buy.

The 76-product range that the store was launched with included some frozen food like frozen peas and pizzas which was actually a great bargain considering the prices at other supermarkets. However, on our first visits (18 & 22 February) the little freezer of the store was utterly empty and well cleaned. When we asked, a security guy informed us that there was no plan to refill it with goods.

In fact when we visited on Thursday, 28 April (no queues – we were the only customers at the time in a store that looked as peaceful as a store can get) there was no freezer at all. So this leaves us with mainly cupboard food. There is a variety of tin food, some pasta, rice, sugar, flour, snacks and biscuits. The management experiments with the range of goods so these may vary.

The main suppliers/’brands’ are:
happy shopper (tin food e.g. Red Kidney Beans, snacks like mini poppadoms, cheese thins, prawn crackers, cream crackers and easy cook rice)
Euro Shopper (tinned chopped tomatoes, noodle snacks) and
Best-in (tomato paste tubes, tinned mixed vegetables, potatoes, chick peas).

The first two brands (happy shopper and euro shopper) are the core brands available at Premier Stores and Londis (both belonging to Booker Group). Best-in belongs to Bestway Ltd which is by the way a 3-minute drive from easyFoodstore.

The proximity of the store to its suppliers and the easy access to them was something noted from the early days of the store’s operation.

There are also other brands represented like Hill Biscuits (Custard Creams) and Donna Chiara (spaghetti).

At our last visit yesterday (Sunday, 31 July) there was a variety of other goods like spices (oregano, curry powder, pepper), coconut milk, rice cakes, dates and even some easy brand promotional items (pens, rulers).

25p per item: is it really cheap?

To be fair, although 25p could sound very cheap, in many cases, compared to other supermarkets, it isn’t. What actually Stelios and the managing people of easyFoodstore have done is to make a selection of products that are sold at similar prices in other grocers.

Another trick has to do with the quantity. For example long grain rice is offered in 500g packets (for 25p). That is 50p per kg. While you can’t find a lower price for a single packet of rice at other supermarkets, for 40p you can buy a one-kg packet (40p per kg) at Lidl and ASDA.

Putting quality aside (for which a more in-depth study would be appropriate – you could try the Daily Mirror) some tinned food can be found cheaper in other supermarkets.

For example:
Red Kidney Beans in water, drained weight 240g is at 23p at Lidl – 2p less; but it’s 30p at TESCO – 5p more
Potatoes in Salted Water, drained weight 345g is at 15p at Lidl – 10p less and almost double the drained weight (easyFoodstore can is 180g); at TESCO (345g as Lidl) at 20p – 5p lesss
Sliced Carrots in Water, drained weight 160g is at 19p at Lidl & TESCO – 6p less

However, there are definitely some bargains especially with the “buy one – get one free” offer of easyFoodstore. 2x250ml=500ml of Mayonnaise for 25p is a price much lower than in other supermarkets. Tinned fish, some spices, coconut milk, rice cakes (100g for 25p when Lidl offers 130g for 45p) and dates are also worth considering.

In conclusion

easyFoodstore is in reality an experiment, a pilot store where Stelios Haji-Ioannou tests various of his food retail ideas. With Spartan design and a limited range of products available it can’t really substitute your visits to supermarkets. Still, it’s worth visiting and perhaps – especially if you are a local – including in your mix of stores that you get your food from.


Many thanks to Amalia Gennadiou for her feedback and suggestions during the design process of the infographic.


easyFoodstore easyFoodstore – Homepage
The Guardian EasyFoodstore brings in 10 item limit
Dr Food (aka Professor David Hughes) Tweet on 5 February 2016
ASDA Stores near easyFoodstore (NW10 7XP)
Lidl Store Locator
Morrisons Stores near easyFoodstore (NW10 7XP)
Sainsbury’s Store Locator
TESCO Store Locator
Waitrose Stores near easyFoodstore (NW10 7XP)
Euro Shopper A brand by AMS

If you found this post interesting, why not have a look at our posts about:
We Are What We Eat: an infographic
The Food Cube (as the new Food Pyramid)

Seating capacity decreases as spectators become bigger [infographic]
Tomatoes in the UK (infographic)