Numbers

WELFARE

28 million Number of Americans projected to receive food stamps in 2008, the most since the 1960s

1 in 8 Proportion of Michigan residents who receive food stamps

PHARMACEUTICALS

$5 billion Combined 2007 sales of the cholesterol-lowering drugs Zetia and Vytorin, manufactured by Schering-Plough and Merck

26% Drop in Schering-Plough's stock price after a panel of cardiologists announced on March 30 that the drugs may not work. Merck's stock fell 15%

AIRPORTS

28,000 Number of pieces of luggage misplaced when the automatic baggage-handling system malfunctioned during the March launch of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport

$8.5 billion Cost of the...

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