We have been quite busy bringing Bitcoin to local businesses. In our hometown, we went from 0 merchants in July 2013 to 11 merchants in July 2014, while Austria went from 2 places in 2013 to 49 places in July 2014. During this period, we saw worldwide numbers rise from 139 to 5031 local places accepting Bitcoin.
We took these numbers from coinmap.org (using archive.org to get data from 2013). We can definitely confirm the above numbers for Graz as we know all merchants personally. Worldwide numbers might be a bit off, but the overall trend is without any doubt.