Monday Miscellany

* The median balance in workers’ 401(k) and IRA/Keogh retirement accounts fell “at least” 15 percent between the end of 2007 and June 2009. (Employee Benefit Research Institute estimate)

* French fries are the most common side dish on restaurant kids’ menus, turning up on 66 percent of meals. Among parents surveyed, just three in 10 say their kids eat healthfully at restaurants. (Mintel)

* Eighty-four percent of respondents agree that having money in the bank makes them happier “than spending money on things they do not need.” (ING Direct/
Harris Interactive)

* Fourteen percent of respondents say it’s very likely and another 26 percent that it’s somewhat likely they’ll buy an all-electric car sometime in the next decade. (Rasmussen Reports)

* Among respondents who’ve bought something online in the previous six months, 58 percent said they have purchase-related questions at least “sometimes” that “can’t be answered from the information found on the Web site.” (ImShopping/Harris Interactive)