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In Britain, of the 200,000 books on sale last year, only 10,000 sold over 3,500 copies. Of the 1.2m titles sold in the US in 2004, only 2 per cent sold more than 5,000 copies. ( The Times, 16th February 2008)

Kabul’s population has increased from 300,000 in 2001 to 3m today. ( Financial Times, 11th February 2008)

Marlboro cigarettes took their name from Great Marlborough Street—the location of the Philip Morris factory that first produced them. (londonist.com, 18th February 2008)

In 2007, total European stock market capitalisation exceeded that of the US for the first time…

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