Business & Finance: Statistics

Last week, among many a statistic, the following were noteworthy:

42,027,470,000 is the number of ton-miles of freight handled by U. S. Class 1 railroads in May. It means that U. S. freight trains did a job equivalent to carrying a one-ton weight some 42 billion miles. It was the best May mark in rail-road history. In May 1929 the average freight train carried a load of 26.6 tons, moved this load 32.9 miles per day, at the record-breaking speed of 13.3 m.p.h.

51.2% records much of the power and glory of the British Empire. It...

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