The number of women in senior management positions in major UK businesses has fallen by over 40% over the last five years. In 2002, women occupied 38% of senior posts in FTSE 350 companies but by 2007 this had declined to 22%.
Ref: PriceWaterhouseCoopers (UK)
2. Ikea sleepovers
Ikea has created a pop-up hostel inside one of its stores. Each night, invited guests can bed down in a family room or a wedding suite until the store reopens at 10am the following morning. Other brands experimenting with sleepovers include the LA Dodgers, The British Museum, SeaWorld and Disney.
3. Sleep is the new sex
According to the National Association of Home Builders in the US, 60% of custom homes will have dual master bedrooms by the year 2015. The reason is that more married couples are finding it harder to sleep together due to medical problems or because one partner gets up early to go to work.
4. Re-cycled retail trend
Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo is asking shoppers to drop off old or unused Uniqlo clothing in any of its 730 stores across Japan. The company sends wearable clothing to refugee camps whilst damaged or worn out items are sent for recycling.
5. PayPal now has 143 million accounts - double the number it had two years ago.