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Cars, Cars Everywhere

As purchases of automobiles have slowed in developed markets in recent years, growth has picked up in developing country markets. Chinese consumers are expected to account for one-third of global auto purchases by 2018. We wonder: How many automobiles were sold worldwide in 2013?

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CEOs and the Rest of Us

In 2012, the highest-paid CEO in the United States was Oracle’s Larry Ellison. He received about $96.2 million in total compensation. We wonder: How many times larger is the average CEO’s compensation compared to the average worker’s wages?

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America’s $10 Billion Club

U.S. corporations had a banner year in 2004, despite a sluggish labor market and stagnant wages. In fact, the Fortune 500 companies — as the 500 largest U.S. companies are known — earned more profits in total than ever before in history. We wonder: How many of the top 500 U.S. companies generated $10 billion or more in profits in 2004?

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Where the Most Valuable Companies Are

It is widely assumed that Western companies dominate the global marketplace. However, the global economy never stands still — and there certainly has been much turmoil in global financial markets as of late. We wonder: Which country or region is currently home to three of the world's five most valuable companies (measured by their market value)?

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The World's Five Richest People

In order to rank among the five richest people on earth, one has to have amassed a wealth of over $40 billion. Because of the ups and downs of global stock prices, the names on that exclusive list — and the precise figures for their net worth — are always in a bit of flux. We wonder: How many of the world’s five richest people currently hail from emerging market countries?

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Global Markets Heavyweight

Large corporations are experiencing a boom phase all around the world. With profits often at, or very near, record levels, their total stock market value is also rising. We wonder: Which one of the following four companies is the only one that ranks among the world’s five most valuable companies (measured by stock market capitalization)?

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