10 Things You May Not Know About Our World’s Emerging Hyper-Markets

1. In 2007, for the first time in history, China, India and Russia combined accounted for more than half of the world’s economic growth.

2. By the end of this year, seven of the world’s 10 largest malls will be located in China.

3. Indian business leaders work the longest, at 57 hours per week, and were the third-most stressed workers in the world behind China and Taiwan.

4. In 2007, the hottest-selling cosmetics item in India’s smaller cities was skin-lightening creams for men.

5. India has 380 universities (Canada has 66) and 11,200 higher education institutions that produce about 6,000 PhDs,13anth.xlarge1 200,000 engineers and 300,000 science graduates and post-graduates.

6. China is the biggest blogging market in the world. It is also the biggest IM market in the world.

7. The United Nations Human Settlements Program projects that one-quarter of the global population will live in so-called slums by the year 2020. 

8. More than half of all cell phone users now live in developing countries, making the mobile phone the first electronic technology to garner more users in the Third World than the First.
9. In a fight against “visual pollution,” all billboards and outdoor signs have been outlawed in Sao Paulo, a city of more than 16 million inhabitants.

10. Homebuilders in an exclusive suburb of Moscow typically offer to throw in a helicopter with every purchase of a new home. Until this year, there were more billionaires in Moscow than in New York.

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