Number of Starbucks Stores Globally, 1992-2016

Today Starbucks is the largest coffeehouse company in the world, with 23,571 retail locations as of the first quarter of 2016. Starbucks was founded in 1971 in Seattle, Washington, and incorporated on November 4, 1985 to become the publicly traded Starbucks Corporation. Based on the company's positive, sustained operating results, it is ranked among Forbes' top-500 world's biggest public companies. As of 2015, Starbucks' profit was $2.5 billion and it had a market value of $70.9 billion. While Starbucks initially focused on the domestic US market, in 1966 the company opened its first stores outside the US. Since then, Starbucks' international footprint has expanded to 10,918 stores located in three main markets: the Americas, which includes Canada, Latin America, and the US; China and Asia Pacific (CAP); and Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

When India will have more people than China?

Currently, population of China is about 70 million persons higher than population of India according to United Nations Estimates: 1.38 against 1.31 billions. Other sources' estimates of current population range from 1.37 to 1.40 billions for China and from 1.28 to 1.31 billions for India.

According to the United Nations' forecast, existing difference between populations of two countries will level off by 2022. Food and Agriculture Organization gives later date - 2024. OECD and UNCTAD predict that this will happen even lately - in 2028. On the contrary, World Bank's estimates propose that India will outpace China as early as in 2021 - in some 5 years. To compare projections from different sources in detail, visit our World in 2020 page.

Airline Industry | In Focus

Evolving threats to civil aviation will almost certainly drive demand for investment in new security technologies to detect and mitigate against security threats while leaving total global air passenger traffic relatively unscathed because of strong growth drivers. Industry analysts anticipate that the global aviation sector's growth in 2016 will exceed the 6.5 percent growth in passenger traffic last year. Drivers for growth include increasing air traffic volumes in China, South East Asia, and the Middle East as well as sustained lower global oil prices. 

Recent deadly plane crashes, including Russia (March 2016) and Egypt (October 2015), as well as the terrorist attack at the airport in Brussels, Belgium, present wildcards that will likely only affect the industry's growth on the margins.