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First Communions, Harley-Davidsons, and abortion : The week in numbers

Plus: What age was the former US president who did a parachute jump for his birthday this week?

Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

€1.06 billion - The size of the fine handed down to computer chip company Intel for abusing its dominant position in the market. Ouch.

20,000 - The number of Toyota cars being recalled in Ireland over a possible airbag defect.

6,000 - The approximate number of South Korean police who entered a religious compound to find the businessman wanted in connection with April’s ferry disaster.

3,679 - The number of women who had abortions in England and Wales last year who gave an Irish address. The figure is down 7.6 per cent on last year.

€764 - The average amount of money spent on First Communions for children, according to new research. Recession? What recession?

90 - The age that former US president George HW Bush turned on Thursday. He celebrated by doing a parachute jump.

70 - The percentage of people who would choose to work, when faced with situation where they would be better off financially by claiming social welfare, according to new ESRI research.

50 - The percentage of times that BMI can be wrong when testing whether someone is obese or not, according to research at NUI Maynooth.

43 - The percentage of Irish houses which are being bought by investors. The figure has more than tripled since last year.

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12 - The number of files the Department of Health removed from the National Archives in the days after the revelations about mother and baby homes broke. The Department has now said the files will be returned.

4 - The percentage of support that the Labour Party now has, according to the most recent opinion poll.

3 - The number of Harley-Davidson motorbikes bought by the HSE for the National Ambulance Service.

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