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Special Reports Chart of the Day

  Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

Chart of the Day: America's love for wine

Posted ByKatie Little

For more than two decades, people have been slinging back wine at a faster clip, according to data from the Wine Institute / Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates. Since 1991, total U.S. wine consumption has jumped from 466 million gallons to 856 million in 2012.

The sharp jump coincides with the coming of age of the baby boomers, who have both the highest net worth and income of any generation, as well as increased knowledge of the health benefits from the vine.

—By CNBC's Katie Little. Follow her on Twitter @KatieLittle

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  Wednesday, 15 Jan 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

Chart of the Day: What's bigger, porn or music?

The adult entertainment industry may be the biggest business you've never thought of as a big business.

All connotations aside, by every account the porn business is just as big as—or bigger than—plenty of other mainstream media.

(Read more: Adult Entertainment Expo 2014)

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  Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 9:50 AM ET

Chart of the Day: The Google shortage indicator

Posted ByKatie Little

Call it the food shortage barometer because, it turns out, Google tends to be a very reliable gauge of pinpointing when people are interested in information about products running out.

After news of a Velveeta shortage hit last week, fans of the missing cheese rushed to Twitter and Facebook to lament the scarcity amid NFL playoff season and the upcoming Super Bowl.

They also flocked to search engine giant Google to learn more.

For example, news of a Velveeta shortage hit Jan.7. Instantly, Google search interest jumped to all-time highs for the Kraft Foods product.

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  Friday, 10 Jan 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

Chart of the Day: The real unemployment rate?

Posted ByBen Berkowitz

The U.S. Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 6.7 percent in December—but does that rate tell the real story?

A number of economists look past the "main" unemployment rate to a different figure the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls "U-6," which it defines as "total unemployed, plus all marginally attached workers plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of all civilian labor force plus all marginally attached workers."

In other words, the unemployed, the underemployed and the discouraged — a rate that still remains high.

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  Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

Chart of the Day: iPhone's surge, iPod's nosedive

Posted ByKatie Little

On this day in 2007, tech giant Apple first introduced the iPhone, a device the company's co-founder and then-CEO Steve Jobs promised would "reinvent the phone."

"Every once in a while, a revolutionary product comes along that changes everything...Apple's been very fortunate—it's been able to introduce a few of these into the world," he said during his introduction to the product.

Since then, iPhone sales have skyrocketed from about 1.4 million in fiscal 2007 to roughly 150.3 million in fiscal 2013, although the pace of gains has slowed. But as these phone sales took off, sales of Apple's iPod began to cool starting in 2009.

From fiscal year 2007 to 2013, iPod sales have fallen by nearly 49 percent, despite innovations, such as the addition of FaceTime and Siri.

Here is the moment Jobs unveiled his invention to the world.

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  Wednesday, 8 Jan 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

Chart of the Day: The billions going into natgas

Posted ByTed Kemp

The energy industry plans to pour more money into America's natural gas infrastructure over the next 12 years—a lot more.

Annual spending on infrastructure dedicated to the gathering, storage and pipeline shipping of natgas in the United States will continue to rise, hitting a staggering $34.5 billion in the year 2022, according to information released Tuesday by the American Petroleum Institute. That's up from an estimated $18.9 billion this year.

API sees spending roughly leveling off in 2023. The industry group's figures do not include natgas investments into railways or marine transport.

The reasons for the massive investment are fairly simple: First, U.S. natural gas production is booming. The United States is now the world's largest natural gas producer, turning out 65 billion cubic feet per day, according to a study from BP.

(Read more: Chart of the Day: Is it cold enough to freeze yourgasoline?)

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  Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Cold enough to freeze YOUR gas?

As the so-called Polar Vortex continues to roll across the U.S. this week, frigid temperatures have snarled traffic both on land and in the air, making for tortuous commutes and lengthy delays.

The swirl of Arctic air brought subzero temperatures to much of the Midwest on Monday, with some wind chills dropping to -40 degrees Fahrenheit or (gasp!) colder.

The blast even challenged Central Park's record low, 6 degrees, which was set in 1896.

JetBlue grounded all its flights into Boston and the New York area late Monday, and more than half the flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport were closed as fuel supplies froze, leaving crews unable to fill aircraft tanks, according to the Associated Press.

Siberians and other cold-weather enthusiasts are used to these temperatures, but it's a rare occurrence for the East Coast. In honor of the chill, let's take a look at some key freezing points.

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  Monday, 6 Jan 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Cold and getting colder

Mars ain't no place to raise a kid, Elton John once said, but Minneapolis isn't a whole lot better at the moment.

A "polar vortex" has much of the US in the grip of a historic cold snap on Monday, and those parts not getting it today will feel it tomorrow.

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  Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Snowstorm by the numbers

If you live in the northeastern United States, it's cold today. Historically cold. Cold and snowblown.

New York City canceled school due to weather for the ninth time in 35 years, according to reports, adding to the more than 200 schools across the tri-state area that shut due to weather.

In the Boston area, a snow emergency forced most drivers off the roads and led the state to ask companies to give people the day off.

So how much snow actually fell?

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  Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

Chart of the Day: Is pot cheap now in Denver?

Legal recreational marijuana has come to Colorado, but all of that competition hasn't necessarily driven down prices.

Reports suggest some shops were even raising prices on Wednesday to try to control demand on the first day of legalized sales, as enthusiasts flocked to the state.

(Read more: Pot tourism lights up Colorado)

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