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Living in Germany: Income of Professionals

The overall average income across all industries was €67,651 for XING respondents, as compared to the national German average of €36,420 a year […]

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Mobile Devices in Brazil: Over 90% of apps downloaded by Brazilians are free

The paid apps are having a tough life in Brazil: for every ten app downloaded to smartphones in the country, nine (93%) are free, according to the study released by Qualcomm and consultancy Convergência Research. Out of all the Brazilians who have smartphones (estimated in 47.8 million devices), 65% downloaded some application. Firms heard 1400 people, personal interviews and the internet in 2013 […]

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Consumer Behavior in Brazil: Crisis boosts advancement of aviation

Brazil is experiencing one of its best moments in the aviation industry, and today the country with the second largest fleet of jets, behind only the United States and the third most produced aircraft of this type. Ahead of Embraer (a Brazilian local manufacturer), are only the American Cessna and Canadian Bombardier. The good performance is due in large part to the international crisis started in 2008, which created a favorable environment for the purchase of these aircraft in other countries, and the growth of emerging […]

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Internet in Brazil: banking transactions on smartphones grow more than four times in 2012

Banking transactions via smartphone grew 333% in 2012, according to the 2013 edition of Banking Technology Research, released recently by the Brazilian Federation of Banks Febraban. Mobile banking is the fastest growing channel in the year […]

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Internet in China: Rural Internet usage reaches 18.5%

Although there are over 700 million Chinese people classified as living in rural areas, only about 125 million of them use the Internet. That’s a penetration rate of 18.5%*, far below the urban Chinese rate of 50% […]

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Consumer Behavior in Brazil: 50,000 millionaires, with nearly 240 billion US dollars invested

Brazilians with high income – those with at least $ 1 million in applications and specifically served by private banking channel – added 50,602 customers in 2011 and closed last year with $ 434.4 billion (nearly 240 billion US dollars) invested in banks, according to a survey of the Association Brazil Entities of the Financial and Capital Markets (Anbima), released on recently […]

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China, Socialism & Consumer Behavior: Asia’s rich to splurge more on art as investments

Despite giddy Chinese art prices showing some strain from global economic uncertainty, art collectors think values will continue to rise due to limited supply and continued strong demand as Asian collectors become more affluent […]

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Information Technology in Brazil: IT services push GDP numbers up

Segment was the fastest growing in 2011, according to GDP data. market jumped from U.S. $ 59 billion in 2008 to US$ 95 billion in 2011 […]

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Internet in Brazil: Internet surpasses ATMs in banking transactions

The Internet has become the channel most used banking services in the country, reveals the Diagnosis of Retail Payment System of Brazil report by the Brazilian Central Bank for the year past. The network already accounts for nearly 31% of bank transactions, exceeding the self-service terminals (ATM) […]

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Internet in China: Number of Chinese Internet Users reaches 457 million

An increase of 73.3 million compared with 2009, the number of Chinese netizens hit 457 million by the end of 2010, according to the “27th China Internet Development Statistics Report” recently released by the China National Network Information Center.