— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on June 26, Thursday.
Welcome to the CNBC Business Daily.
In the World Cup action overnight... France secured the top spot in Group E with a goal-less draw against Ecuador, sending them through to the last 16.
They'll be in good company, alongside Switzerland, who beat Honduras 3-nil courtesy of Shaqiri's hat-trick. Switzerland will meet Argentina in the next round.
And next up - Germany takes on USA.
BUT which country really wins when it comes to the way they battle in CNBC terms?
CNBC's Brian Sullivan and Mandy Drury duel it out.
Brian Sullivan: In honour of the big USA vs Germany WC game tomorrow, we've put together the duel to end all all duels; now I'm going to take the US side
Mandy Drury: Yeah I'm going to take the German side and let's begin and start first of all with market performance.
Brian Sullivan: Alright since the last WC kicked off in June 2010, the S&P 500, America, is up 83%.
Mandy Drury: The German DAX is up 67%.. not too bad but okay Brian you win this one. But here, Brian, I'm going to take a point for this one - let's go the economy of these two countries. Germany's GDP is up 0.8%.
Brian Sullivan: Okay so we know by now our economy was down 2.9% in the first quarter. So, back to you.
Mandy Drury: Okay.
Brian Sullivan: So while we're talking growth and wealth, let's talk billionaires. Here in America we have 492 billionaires.
Mandy Drury: Okay in Germany that number is actually 85. But if you factor in the fact that Germany's population is one-quarter of the United States', it's really not a terrible ratio. Still, yeah okay I give it you. Boom, the US is on top.
Brian Sullivan: Okay, let's talk cars now. Ford put together the ten most popular cars worldwide last year; of the top ten, the Ford Focus comes in #1, the Chevy Cruze and the Ford Fiesta are on the list there.
Mandy Drury: But wait, but wait there's more Brian! Three German auto brands also make the top ten, yeah. VWs Jetta, Golf and Polo. So for that one my dear, I say it is a tie.
Brian Sullivan: In the true spirit of soccer.. And of course you can't talk US vs Germany without talking about beer. We found that 2012 data shows the US beer consumption per capita - 217 bottles a year.
Mandy Drury: Okay, but in Germany, you know what that number is?
Brian Sullivan: No.
Mandy Drury: 298. Score! One point for Germany.
That wraps up this edition of the Business Daily.
I'm Julia Wood, reporting from CNBC's Asian headquarters.