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THE INDEX
ESTIMATED NUMBER OF CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES SOLD LAST YEAR: 17,500,000,000.

Percentage of American barbecuers who combine microwave cooking with outdoor grilling: 48.

Rank of Portland, Ore., among all U.S. cities, in per capita consumption of grape-nuts: 1.

Rank of Salt Lake City, among all U.S. cities, in per capita consumption of Cracker Jack: 1.

Rank of May, among all months, in number of tornadoes: 1.

Sales of licensed California Raisin merchandise in North America last year: $450,000,000.