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Growing Old in Japan

If people over 60 are your biggest spenders, then how do retailers respond? For starters, they slow down the escalators. In Japan, with people over 60 doing 44 percent of the spending, and with those …

Living Solo: Part 2

Soup and ready-made meals sales are soaring in Brazil. The reason is probably more singles. In the United Arab Emirates, if you are over 30 and female, there is a 60% chance you are unmarried. For Jap…

Aging Populations

Just remember 4-2-1-whenever you think of Chinese demographics. 4 refers to 2 grandmas and 2 grandpas, 2 is their adult children and 1 is the next generation. The social fabric of China is shifting. I…

The (GDP) Gap

With the U.S. #1 and China #2, people are starting to wonder when the U.S./China GDP gap will disappear. Here, at the Economist, you can create your own prediction. Just input assumptions about GDP gr…

"Deficit Bias"

If anyone asks you about the “fiscal woes” facing the U.S., Japan and the EU, just say, “deficit bias.” The 13th Geneva Report on the World Economy explains “deficit bias…

The Missing Sensor

According to one estimate, worldwide auto production could slide by 30% because Hitachi Automotive’s Sawa Ibaraki Prefecture plant was debilitated by Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. Hitach…