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Data Analysis

An at-a-glance guide to the important statistics of the day, including analysis and breakdown of the facts and figures.


Data analysis: Birmingham's cycling improvements

Data analysis: Birmingham pedals a £1.7 million cycling revolution

Cycle paths along the River Tame, under the M6, Cole Valley and Rea Valley are set for upgrades to encourage more people to get active and improve cycle safety

A brownfield site

Data analysis: Homes waiting to be built on Birmingham brownfield sites

Between 2008-11, 93 per cent of all new construction projects were on land that had previously been developed

Findings from the Business Factors Index for the final quarter of 2013

Business Factors Index: Staff training a priority to help drive economic growth

Results found that businesses are preparing for an upturn in the regional economy next year with priorities for the next six months including staff training and development

Data analysis: Birmingham planning applications

Data analysis: Birmingham's 56 major housing planning applications compared to 554 in London

By 2031 Birmingham’s population is projected to increase by 150,000. This growth is greater than previously considered and presents a challenge for planning the future homes

The Bull at the Bullring dressed up in its Christmas jumper

Data analysis: How high street stores and online retailers battle it out for your cash at Christmas

Average discounts were being advertised at 39 per cent off the full recommended retail price, according to PwC data, compared to 45 per cent at the height of the financial downturn in 2008

Data analysis: Ten years of the M6 Toll

Data analysis: Ten years of the £900 million M6 Toll

Report revealed that since peaking in 2006/7, use of the road is steadily falling and has never come close to its forecast 75,000 vehicles a day

Ed Miliband

Data shows households are not switching despite high electricity bills

Figures show that 65 per cent of properties in the West Midlands are supplied with electricity by npower, the firm that bought the Midlands Electricity Board in 1999

M6 in the West Midlands

Data analysis: How road upgrades will support 900 West Midlands jobs

Pproject includes the completion of a managed motorway network between junctions 5 and 8 of the M6

Data analysis: Just how happy are we in Birmingham?

Data analysis: Just how happy are we in Birmingham?

Walsall was the happiest place to live in the West Midlands with a rating of 7.44

A plane takes off from Birmingham Airport

Data analysis: Birmingham Airport sees growth in Asia flights

Growth was also seen on scheduled non-EU services, with passenger numbers growing by 13.8 per cent

Data analysis: Black Country Bullet puts spotlight on region's auto trade

Data analysis: Black Country Bullet puts spotlight on region's auto trade

With a long history of industry and innovation, the Black Country’s engineering expertise is integral to supply chains in the aerospace, automotive, construction and energy sectors

Data analysis: Crackdown on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industry

Data analysis: Crackdown on crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending industry

Recent figures show the industry has loaned £24 million to West Midlands businesses since 2010 and the option is gaining popularity among firms struggling to gain bank funding

The Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham

Data analysis: The stats behind Birmingham's Frankfurt Christmas Market

It is the largest authentic German market in the world, outside Germany and Austria, and attracted more than four million visitors last year. It is even bigger than the market staged in German capital Berlin and earns £90 million for the city

Virgin travelled 5.96 billion passenger kms throughout the network in 2012/13

Data analysis: Train operators' subsidies fall as rail revenue rises

Extra revenue being generated through passenger growth, combined with a more efficient Network Rail, has contributed to a drop in Government support for the day-to-day running of the rail network

Job centre

Data analysis: DWP stats show increased number of suspended benefits payments

In Birmingham and Solihull 17,010 sanctions were imposed on claimants between October last year and June


PMI data reveals rise in West Midlands activity

More growth in the private sector economy at the start of the fourth quarter

Range Rover production at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull

ONS data analysis: The value of West Midlands business and how it compares to other regions

According to latest commercial data from the Office for National Statistics, annual turnover in the region tops £232 billion

Emergency workers deal with a serious injury

Data analysis: Birmingham workplaces becoming safer as number of reported accidents and injuries falls

Figures released today by the Health and Safety Executive for the year show there were two work-related deaths in the city

Stephen Hughes

Top civil servants earn more than private sector counterparts

Data reveals disparity between top earners in private and public sector

In This Week's Paper


Graeme Brown
Editor (Agenda and Business)
Enda Mullen
Business Reporter
Tamlyn Jones
Business Reporter
Neil Elkes
Local Government Correspondent
Emma McKinney
Education Correspondent
Ben Hurst
News Editor
Jonathan Walker
Political Editor