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  • The U.S. is on pace for the slowest decade of population growth since the 1930s, as the country emerges slowly from the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, according to the Census Bureau ( Dec. 30). Roughly 315.1 million people were estimated to live in the U.S. on New Year's Day, a 7.3% increase from last year's estimate and 2.05% more than the most recent census report in April 2010. If the current pace of growth continues, that means the nation's population will grow by 7.3% during the decade. That would be the lowest level recorded since the 7.25% growth between 1930 and 1940, said Bloomberg. In the aftermath of the 2007-2009 recession, the nation's birth rate and immigration dropped. Between 2000 and 2010, the nation's population grew by 9.7%. Five Mountain states in the West--Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona--were among the top 10 growth states. Two states--Vermont and Rhode Island--lost population during 2012 …
  • Holiday shoppers were more likely to use smartphones for mobile assistance this year, said GfK Roper, which asked smartphone owners how they used their devices for holiday shopping (eMarketer Dec. 31). Every activity surveyed increased in percentages: 82% said they used smartphones for research and browsing of products (up from 67%); 74% bought something (up from 55%); 62% used an e-mail offer from a retailer (up from 45%); 56% used a consumer rating site to help decide to buy a product (up from 40%); 35% used a global positioning system/location feature on their phone to help with shopping (up from 31%); 27% used a QR code to find more information about a product (up from 19%);  33% used a mobile coupon (up from 18%).  In addition, 9% said they used a Black Friday or Cyber Monday mobile app, and 7% said they purchased something on their tablet …

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