“FOREIGN direct investments (FDI) into Jamaica hit a five-year high of US$567 million in 2013, as investments into the country continue to recover from the late 2000s global economic meltdown…The wider Latin America and the Caribbean region recorded a historic high of US$184.9 billion in FDI inflows for 2013, five per cent more than 2012.” SOURCE (May 30 2014)


“Below you’ll find the latest numbers on the financial health of the average U.S. small business, looking at the performance of companies with less than $10 million in annual sales. This specific dataset looks at small business performance as a whole, but the data can be segmented by 1,400 industry codes, 70 financial metrics, company size, and geographic location.” SOURCE (04-24-14)


“With Facebook’s tenth anniversary this week, there’s been a ton of talk about teens moving to other platforms like Snapchat and Instagram and leaving Facebook for an older generation. But recent information from the Cassandra Report, a progressive research company that strives to create decision tools for companies, sheds light on the opposite perspective: Sixty-six percent of 14- to 34-year-olds say they are frequent users of Facebook. Additionally, it’s their preferred platform to hear from brands along with YouTube, notes the report.” SOURCE (02-05-14)


“In 2010, Apple had a very secure 87% of tablet market share. But as expected with increased competition, that number has dwindled ever since, and IDC estimates Apple’s hold has slipped to 53.8% this year (2012). At the same time, Android’s market share has risen to 42.7%, thanks to its use in the popular Nexus, Kindle Fire and Nook devices.” SOURCE (01-02-13)


The iPad Factor: The iPad continued to generate more traffic than any other tablet or smartphone, driving more than 7 percent of online shopping. This was followed by iPhone at 6.9 percent and Android 4.5 percent. The iPad also continued to dominate tablet traffic reaching a holiday high of 90.5 percent. Amazon Kindle leapt into second at 2.6 percent followed by the Samsung Galaxy at 2 percent and the Barnes and Noble Nook at 0.6 percent. SOURCE (11-30-12)


RESTON, VA, November 28, 2012 – comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today reported holiday season U.S. retail e-commerce spending for the first 26 days of the November-December 2012 holiday season. For the holiday season-to-date, $16.4 billion has been spent online, marking a 16-percent increase versus the corresponding days last year. Cyber Monday reached $1.465 billion in online spending, up 17 percent versus year ago, representing the heaviest online spending day in history and the second day this season (in addition to Black Friday) to surpass $1 billion in sales. SOURCE (11-28-12)


Recent data from Research firm IDC shows that Google’s Android platform has a 75 percent market share as of the third quarter 2012 (Q3 ’12).

Apple’s iPhone has a 14.9 percent market share after shipping some 26.9 million units during Q3 ’12.

Research in Motion (RIM) – the maker of BlackBerry – shipped 7.7 million units. This represents a 4.3 percent market share. SOURCE (11-02-12)


9,436,158 online video ads were seen in the month of September, according to a recent comScore report. “ComScore found that over 50 percent of the total U.S. population saw online video ads last month. About 3.4 billion minutes of online videos were seen in September. The study shows that a viewer saw approximately 64 video ads over the month.” SOURCE (10-30-12)


Facebook reached 1 billion monthly active users on September 14 at 12:45 PM Pacific Time.

Since Facebook was launched:

  • Over 1.13 trillion likes since launch in February 2009
  • 140.3 billion friend connections
  • 219 billion photos uploaded
  • 17 billion location-tagged posts
  • 62.6 million songs played 22 billion times

SOURCE (09-04-12)

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