May 6, 2008 |
As "Iron Man" smashed its way to an estimated $201 million in worldwide box-office sales, the firm that financed the film, Marvel Entertainment Inc., raised its profit forecast for the year and promised to release "Iron Man 2" in 2010. New York-based Marvel said first-quarter profit fell 3% to $45.2 million, or 58 cents a share, but that beat analysts' prediction of 43 cents, according to Thomson Financial. Revenue declined 26% to $112.6 million from $151.4 million, but also beat analysts' estimate of $111.
March 11, 2003 |
The government will begin issuing five-day hurricane forecasts during the upcoming season, replacing the three-day advisories used since 1964, the National Weather Service said.
June 8, 2010 |
After an almost two-year financial nose dive, the global airline industry appears ready to soar again. Three months after forecasting $2.8 billion in worldwide losses, a trade group for the world's airlines now predicts $2.5 billion in profits for 2010, with air travel demand and cargo traffic expected to grow faster than previously predicted. A report released Monday by the Montreal-based International Air Transport Assn. said passenger traffic worldwide is expected to grow 7.1% in 2010 over the previous year while cargo traffic will expand 18.5%.
February 25, 2003 |
Private-sector economists have cut their U.S. growth forecasts for this quarter and trimmed them for all of 2003, a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia survey said. Economists pared their estimates for first-quarter growth to 2.2% annualized from 2.6% in the previous survey last quarter. They expect annualized real gross domestic product to rise a modest 2.5% for 2003, down from the previous estimate of 2.6%.
August 25, 2008 |
People worried about the high cost of keeping warm this winter will draw little comfort from the Farmer's Almanac, which predicts below-average temperatures for most of the U.S. "Numb's the word," says the 192-year-old publication, which claims an accuracy rate of 80% to 85% for its forecasts, which are prepared two years in advance. The almanac's 2009 edition, on sale Tuesday, says at least two-thirds of the country can expect colder-than-average temperatures this winter, with only the far West and Southeast in line for near-normal readings.
May 4, 1989 |
A reader has sent me a promotional brochure for the World Future Society, (4916 Elmo Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814-5089) "an institution for the study of alternative futures" and publisher of The Futurist, "a journal of forecasts, trends and ideas about the future." The brochure appears to be out of date, since it says the 21st Century is 15 years away (it is 11 years and eight months away), but its "social and technological forecasts for the next 25 years" are for dates that remain in the future.
November 7, 2006 |
Video game publisher Activision Inc. on Monday predicted fiscal third-quarter sales of $600 million, topping analysts' estimates. Sales in the quarter ending Dec. 31 will be driven by games including "Call of Duty 3," Santa Monica-based Activision said. Analysts expect $584.2 million, the average of 17 estimates. Sales totaled $816.2 million a year earlier. Activision and other game publishers are recovering from a slump triggered by the changeover to a new generation of consoles.
December 4, 2003 |
The hiring outlook in California should brighten considerably next year, but it will be far from dazzling, according to economists at Chapman University. Their report, to be released today, forecasts that employers statewide will boost payrolls by a net 164,000 jobs next year. That would mark a dramatic increase from the meager 9,000 new jobs that were expected to be added this year and the loss of about 125,000 jobs in 2002.
January 2, 1998 |
Had the psychics been right, 1997 would have gone down in history as the year rocker Mick Jagger became a member of Parliament and former television anchorman Walter Cronkite a critically acclaimed lounge singer. O.J. Simpson would be a big star on French television as the host of a "whodunit" show, and actor John Travolta a hero for landing a commercial jetliner when its crew came down with food poisoning.