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air travel (= the number of people travelling by plane)

companies organising team-building weekends


competition between companies
electricity bills for companies
global demand for oil
gyms in offices
holding video conferences (instead of face to face meetings)
imports of cars
investment in renewable energy
jobs with flexitime
noise produced by cars
oil prices
owning cars
pollution produced by cars
population of this country
prices of consumer goods
prices of plastic goods
productivity of workers in this country
relations between management and workers
restructuring of companies (downsizing, M&A, etc)
safety of cars
staff turnover (= employees quickly leaving the company)
taking career breaks
the age of retirement
the age of workers
the cost of mobile phones
the economy of this country
the image of Japanese companies in China
the length of time people spend with one company
the number of company cafeterias
the number of managers in companies
the number of part-time jobs
the size of offices
the world economy
use of renewable energy
women working
working conditions for workers
working from home (= teleworking)

world population
world supply of oil

Air travel is doubling every ten years.


Bankruptcies have quadrupled.
Business confidence has dived.
Car ownership among young people is slipping.
Competition between mobile phone companies is declining.
Consumer confidence has dropped dramatically.
Deflation/ Inflation is flat.
Demand for English lessons has dipped.
Discoveries of new supplies of oil are slowing down.
Domestic software companies have fallen back.
Electricity bills have soared.
Global demand for oil is taking off.
Government debt has rocketed.
No one is happy about an increase in the age of retirement.
Pollution is worsening.
Recycling is increasing, but not at the same rate.
Sales of non-electronic toys are plummeting.
Spending by young people has crashed.
Staff turnover is escalating.
The age of workers is going steadily up.
The birth rate has flattened out at a low level.
The capital city keeps expanding.
The economy hasnt bounced back after 2007.
The economy is stagnant.
The image of Japanese companies is deteriorating.
The number of computers in homes has plateaued.
The number of manufacturing jobs has halved in 15 years.
The number of marriages has collapsed.
The number of women in top management jobs has only crept up.
The number of women working has passed its peak.
The number of young people who want to work for the government has

plunged.
The population of the world is accelerating.
The stock market has experienced some turbulence.

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The use of renewable energy is fluctuating rather than climbing.


Unemployment has grown.
Worker stress is increasing.
Working conditions have not recovered since 2007.

I can understand why you cant be more precise, but if you just give me a
ballpark figure it would really help
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In my personal opinion, once weve ironed out the remaining problems the
success of this product is guaranteed
3.
It seems like a good idea to me, but well have to let the bean counters have a
closer look at the financial implications of the proposal before it is approved
4.
From my point of view, the so called captains of industry have got their
reputations and positions more through family and old school tie connections
than because of any special talent in running a business
5.
Ive said it once and Ill say it again, heads will roll if we make a loss again
this year
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6.
I hear what you are saying about technology being the future, but I say
that a number cruncher can never be a successful manager in a creative
company
7.
I understand that you are busy, but you have to help me out with this.
My head is on the block!
8.
From what I can see, the fact that the average British family is saddled
with huge amounts of debt is a bad sign for the future of the economy
9.
This is just my personal opinion, but I think there is nothing wrong with a wife
being the one who brings home the bacon
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10.
These iPod look-alikes are selling like hotcakes , but I reckon people
will soon be looking for something more original
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11.
I concur that it needs some more investment, but I think we can all
agree that there is no point just throwing money at the problem
12.
Sales work doesnt generally suit bookish people, so Im sticking to my original
position- which is that cold calling would be impossible for someone like him
13.
I am willing to concede that we cut corners on safety just a little, but I insist
that it was the only way to get the product out on time and within the budget we
were set
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14.
You have a point. We could sit back and see if the recovery is
sustainable, but I say- that there is money out there right now, so we
should strike while the iron is hot

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I also think that the quarterly reports are a priority, but you have to
understand that Im snowed under with a lot of other work
16.
It might be a big deal by his standards, but they way I see it is- to us the money
involved in this contract is just chickenfeed.
17.
Rescuing a company that is in trouble must be very satisfying Im sure,
but living from hand to mouth is not my idea of fun
18.
I honest thought that he had all the right qualities to be a successful bank
manager, but it turned out that he had sticky fingers and they had to hand him
over to the police
19.
It is a bit of a risky investment, but Im telling you- you will soon forgot the
risk involved once you have made a bundle
20.
You have to pay an arm and a leg to employ a good manager with
experience nowadays, so it seems to me that it is better to employ younger
graduates and train them yourselves
21.
Most people see the head of accounting as a penny pincher but I would be
more inclined to describe him as sensible
22.
I agree with you that investment is always important, but I must stress that
until the market conditions improve we all have to tighten our belts
23.
This might be somewhat controversial, but I the way I see it cooking the
books is a natural part of the accountancy profession and if I had my way anyone
caught doing it wouldnt get more than a slap on the wrist
24.
Speaking with my accountants hat on, the amount of money you could make
with that machinery is irrelevant if you have to by a new one a year later and sell
the old one for a song
25.
I understand that you trust the suppliers, but my motto is Its a dog eat dog
world, which is why I insist on having everything down on paper.
26.
We all seem to be in agreement. Lets go through the details one more time
then, to dot the is and cross the ts
27.
Prices of office space in the city centre have gone through the roof recently,
but I still say that for a high profile company being in the suburbs would be a
disaster.