When is 30 seconds worth $5m? That is the question facing Super Bowl advertisers as they gear up for February 7, the biggest day in US marketing. The Super Bowl economy in charts provides some more figures behind the big game.

February 5: the day in 4 charts

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The bookies say it will be the Carolina Panthers, and there’s one clear statistic to back that up: the Panthers won 15 out of the 16 games in the regular season, compared to the Denver Bronco’s 12.

That should make the Panthers favourites, but the best team in the regular season is not a shoo-in to lift the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Read more

Valentina Romei

Brussels expects Ireland’s GDP to rise 4.5 per cent this year, nearly 1 percentage point higher than it forecast last year. Growth prospects in Spain and Italy are also more positive, but have been cut for Germany, the UK and France.

February 4: the day in 4 charts

February 3: the day in 4 charts

Valentina Romei

EU greenfield investment in the UK last year hit its highest level for seven years and represented more than 40 per cent of all project investments into the UK. Spain and Denmark made up nearly half of the EU capital invested in the UK.

February 2: the day in 4 charts

Keith Fray

The Bank of Japan’s move to negative interest rates last week- after Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the eurozone- means nations making up almost a quarter of world output now have a central bank with a negative policy rate.

February 1: the day in 4 charts

Andrew Whiffin

Eight years ago Barack Obama showed it is possible for a candidate to move from relative obscurity to victory in months; this time in 2008 Hillary Clinton was still the favorite for the Democratic party nomination

January 29: the day in four charts

Valentina Romei

There were nearly 3 million more people in employment in the third quarter of 2015 in the Eurozone than there were two years before. Of these, 1.6 million – over 53% per cent – were from the countries given the acronym ‘PIIGS’, for Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Read more

January 28: the day in four charts.

Valentina Romei

More than two-third of the capital invested by foreign groups in greenfield projects in the UK last year was in real estate, renewable energy and oil and gas. Property is the most targeted sector in the last decade.

January 27: the day in four charts

John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, gave a speech last week lamenting that the liberalising policies adopted by the Thatcher government in the 1980s never led to widespread share ownership:

The Tories promised a “shareholding democracy” would arrive through privatisation. A “trickle-down effect” would mean that, even if the rich got very rich indeed, everyone else would be a little better off.

But the promises of freedom and “popular capitalism” turned out to be illusory.

Today, share ownership by individuals is at the close to the lowest level ever recorded. Just 12 per cent of shares are owned by individuals in the UK, down from 28 per cent in 1982, and pension funds own only 3 per cent.

It would be fair to call these figures misleading and point out that people can own shares through insurance companies or they might have a stake in other kinds of funds as well as their pension. So if between them individuals and pension funds own just 15 per cent of shares who owns the rest? Read more

January 26: the day in four charts

Valentina Romei

Donald Trump leads Republican polls, but 38 per cent of US adults say he would make a terrible president, 10 percentage points more than think the same of the Democrats’ Hilary Clinton. About one in five has negative views of Jeb Bush. Read more

January 25: the day in four charts