3 bln person-to-person financial transactions in 2008

US noncash person-to-person market in 2008 was $1.1 trln in over 3 bln transactions. Checks are in decline, but they remain the most significant person-to-person payment method, amounting to over $1 trln of the noncash P2P payments volume. In 2008, checks represented over $1.013 trln of the noncash P2P payments in the United States and cost financial institutions what TowerGroup estimates as $255 mln to process.

European mobile services penetration to reach 135% by 2012

Europe as a region has the highest adoption of mobile services at 121% penetration and this is expected to rise to 135% by 2012. At these high penetrations, overall service revenue growth through the handset is expected to decline. However, ARPU is expected to continue growing among business users. In a new market data product from ABI Research, overall business revenue is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 4%, a significant statistic considering that ARPU from consumer mobile services will stay flat at a CAGR of 0.1%.

Top movies in 2008

Rank Title Distributor Total US$ Open Date
1 THE DARK KNIGHT Warner Bros. 530,540,885 07/18/2008
2 IRON MAN Paramount 318,313,199 05/02/2008
4 HANCOCK Sony 227,946,274 07/02/2008
5 WALL-E Disney 223,704,223 06/27/2008
6 KUNG FU PANDA Paramount 215,434,591 06/06/2008
7 MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA Paramount 165,653,852 11/07/2008
8 DR. SEUSS’ HORTON HEARS A WHO Fox 154,529,439 03/14/2008
9 SEX AND THE CITY Warner Bros. 152,647,258 05/30/2008
10 QUANTUM OF SOLACE Sony 151,620,134 11/14/2008
Source: Nielsen

77% of Americans think media is making economic situation worse

77% of Americans believe that the US media is making the economic situation worse by projecting fear into people’s minds. Here are highlights of note:

  • Household Income $25k – $35k – 79% answered YES
  • Household Income $35k – $50k – 88% answered YES
  • Household Income $50k – $75k – 76% answered YES
  • Household Income $75k – more – 78% answered YES
  • 85% of young adults (18-24 yrs old) answered YES
  • 77% of males and females alike answered YES
  • 65% of blacks answered YES

20% of teens have sent naked or semi-naked photos of themselves

About a third of young adults 20-26 and 20% of teens say they’ve sent or posted naked or semi-naked photos or videos of themselves, National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. A third of teen boys and 40% of young men say they’ve seen nude or semi-nude images sent to someone else; about a quarter of teen girls and young adult women have. 39% of teens and 59% of those ages 20-26 say they’ve sent suggestive text messages.73% said they knew sending sexually suggestive content “can have serious negative consequences,” yet 22% said it’s “no big deal.”