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Symbols

The following information was compiled from The Associated Press Stylebook.

Percent vs.%

In copy that contains many numbers and in non-narrative copy where space is at a premium, use %. In other copy, use percent.

And vs. &

Do not use the ampersand except in titles such as company names in which the symbol actually appears and in non-narrative copy where space is extremely limited.

x

Never use x to mean by.
Example: a ten-by-twelve-foot room.

#

Never use # for Number. Use the abbreviation No. when necessary; but it is often superfluous.

Never use # for pounds. Use lbs. instead.