FACTS OF THE DAY

5 January 2017

The average FTSE 100 CEO makes more money by Wednesday lunchtime each week than the average worker earns in a year.

theguardian.com, highpaycentre.org

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The Chinese government is finally relaxing control of the salt industry – a state monopoly that is over 2,000 years old and predates the Great Wall.

bigstory.ap.org

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The Shakers invented the flat-bottomed broom, the spring-loaded clothes peg and the circular saw. There are now only two Shakers left in the world.

theguardian.com