3. Starbucks, up 49 per cent to 21 in the ranking, has evolved from a café to a place where people can hang out all day since it now sells breakfast, lunch and evening meals, accompanied by alcohol in some places.
4. The Canadian city of Vancouver remains the most expensive location in North America, ranked 21st in the index.
5. "Poverty has stunted further growth in Internet users, which has kept the Net user population to around 50 percent," Li said.