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Supermarket shelves are filled with bottled water. And not without reason. The consumption of bottled water now exceeds that of soft drinks. The combination is an impressive quart per day per person. [The Economist March 2017]

Some commentators assert that graphs should always include the full vertical axis going to zero. In this graph it is unnecessary because the message is that bottled water has overtaken soft drinks.

Most graphing software places the vertical axis tick labels to the left by default. Time series graphs in The Economist usually place them on the right, a choice that goes with emphasis on the most recent values. These graphs usually do not have vertical axis labels. Instead the information is included in a subtitle. Possibly this practice supports appearance in the relatively narrow magazine columns.