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Cole, Cork-opoly and grocery shopping: The week in numbers

How much does it cost to bring football into disrepute on Twitter? And how do NAMA’s accounts look?

There's some numbers we won't want to relive in a hurry...
There's some numbers we won't want to relive in a hurry...
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EVERY WEEK, TheJournal.ie offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.

£6,923.08 – The amount, per character, that Ashley Cole’s ill-judged ‘#bunchoftwats’ hashtag cost him. The Chelsea full-back was fined £90,000 for his tweet, after the Football Association rejected testimony he gave in John Terry’s racism case.

1,648 – The number of staff at the three active, state-supported banks who are paid over €100,000.

84.3 per cent – The proportion of Ireland’s Traveller population who are unemployed, according to CSO figures released this week. The census figures showed the Traveller population as 29,573.

0.7 per cent – The interest rate Ireland paid for a 3-month loan, according to the results of a bond auction on Thursday. That’s the same price as Ireland paid last month when it borrowed a similar amount for a similar period.

50 per cent – The amount of the world’s commercial aircraft fleet which is managed from Ireland, according to the IDA. That’s since SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s largest aviation managers, opened up shop here.

79 per cent – The proportion of the Irish population with depression who say they have been discriminated against because of their condition.

63 per cent – The proportion of Ireland’s potential first-time house buyers who hope to make their purchase in the next 12 months, according to MyHome.ie figures. 43 per cent of those who will buy in the next year intend to do so in the coming three months.

22 – The number of local landmarks included in the official Monopoly board of Cahrk, bai.

€12 million – The estimated value to the Irish economy of the Dublin Web Summit, which took place this week. That’s between hospitality spending and the possible investment coming about as a result of investors speaking to start-ups.

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€222 million – NAMA’s profit for the first half of 2012. That sounds positive but comes with a warning: NAMA’s €72.4 billion loan portfolio is only considered to be worth €24.8 billion, and only 19 per cent of its portfolio is currently ‘performing’ – i.e. being repaid.

One in ten – The proportion of the Irish public who live in ‘food poverty’, which essentially means not being able to afford a meal with meat (or a vegetarian equivalent) every two days.

28.6 per centTesco’s share of the Irish grocery market, according to the latest independent figures from Kantar Worldpanel. Of the six main supermarket chains, Aldi is the smallest at 6.0 per cent – but its share has grown by nearly 30 per cent in the last year, which makes it the fastest-growing supermarket on record in Ireland.

€495,000 – The amount that Tourism Ireland has paid the Irish Times to buy the newspaper’s old internet domain, ireland.com. That hasn’t gone down well with some, though: the move means the closure of the ireland.com email service, which has left many users quite frustrated.

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