The Atlanta-based group expects sales, adjusted for acquisitions, divestitures and currency fluctuations, to rise 3 per cent, compared with its earlier forecast of between 4 per cent and 5 per cent.
A combination of tax increases and spending cuts in 2013 shaved about 1.5 percentage points off annual economic growth, according to the Congressional Budget Office. Many forecasters expect the fiscal drag in 2014 to be one-third that amount, or less. 'You'll have more political certainty this year,' said Gregory Daco, a U.S. economist at Oxford Economics.
Qatar University claimed the most international institution, marking the first time a Middle Eastern university has topped the list.
Ranked 10th position, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China is the highest ranking Chinese company on the list.
Some 18.1 million people, for example, want a good full-time job but can't find one, an unusually high number 5 1/2 years into a recovery. And despite a sharp decline in the number of people out of work six months or longer, that figure is still higher than at any time before the 2007-09 recession.
15. 有趣的巧合。环球影业是题材最具多样性的制片公司之一，它发行了《生活残骸》，也发行了《冲出康普顿》，还有《泰迪熊2》(Ted 2)。环球影业的女导演也是最多的，12月初，它占据了今年24%的市场份额。
Despite an abortive attempt in August to devalue the renminbi — a move that rocked global markets and was quickly abandoned by Beijing — China’s trade-weighted exchange rate was 8.5 per cent stronger in September than a year earlier, making Chinese exports less competitive.