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Sunak says extra cost-of-living help risks stoking UK inflation

Bloomberg Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said that extra government spending to help ease Britain’s cost-of-living crisis risks further stoking inflation, as he warned of tough months ahead for the UK economy. “We need to be careful,” Sunak said at the annual dinner of the Confederation of British Industry, speaking to hundreds of executives. “At a time of severe ...

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Jobless claims in US climb to highest level since January

Bloomberg Applications for US state unemployment insurance unexpectedly rose last week to the highest level since January, led by increased filings in Kentucky and California. Initial unemployment claims increased by 21,000 to 218,000 in the week ended May 14, Labour Department data shows. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey of economists called for 200,000 initial applications. Continuing claims for ...

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Tesla wants its staff to stay in China factory until mid-June

  Bloomberg Tesla Inc plans to keep employees at its Shanghai factory working in a so-called closed loop system — where staff are ferried to and from work and tested for Covid-19 regularly — until mid-June, people familiar with the matter said, even as Chinese authorities move to ease wider lockdown restrictions in the city. Thousands of the electric car ...

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Canada bans Huawei from 5G

  Bloomberg Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government joined Canada’s closest intelligence allies in banning Huawei Technologies Co. from the fifth-generation wireless networks. The Chinese state-championed telecommunications firm poses a threat to Canada’s national security, Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said, confirming an earlier Bloomberg News report. ZTE Corp. equipment will also be prohibited. Firms that already have Huawei or ZTE gear ...

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Getty, Candy Digital ink multiyear deal

  Bloomberg Getty Images Inc has signed a multiyear deal with Candy Digital, the digital collectibles firm owned by Fanatics Inc, as the provider of news and stock photos breaks into the non-fungible-token business ahead of its plans to go public. As part of the agreement, the pair will develop a range of NFT products from Getty’s sizable library and ...

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War refugees bring Poland economic benefit along with costs

  Bloomberg The flight of millions of Ukrainians from Russia’s invasion has raised financial costs for the countries on the European Union’s eastern border that are taking them in, but the case of Poland shows that providing shelter can also bring economic benefits. The EU’s largest eastern economy expanded at the faster pace than Hungary and Romania, its other two ...

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Twitter must prove bot claims for $44b deal to proceed: Musk

Bloomberg Elon Musk declared he won’t proceed with his $44 billion takeover of Twitter Inc. unless the social media giant can prove bots make up fewer than 5% of its users, casting yet more uncertainty over the deal. The billionaire tweeted “this deal cannot move forward” unless Twitter provides proof of its claims, reiterating his own view that the ratio ...

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Microsoft plans to ‘nearly double’ salary budget to retain staff

Bloomberg Microsoft Corp plans to “nearly double” its budget for employee salary increases and boost the range of stock compensation it gives some workers by at least 25%, an effort to retain staff and help people cope with inflation. The move will mainly affect “early to mid-career employees,” the software giant said in a statement. “As we approach our annual ...

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Euro area GDP grows more than estimated at start of year

Bloomberg The euro-area economy grew more than initially estimated at the start of the year as the region moved past a wave of Covid-19 infections and defied headwinds from the early days of the war in Ukraine. Economic output rises 0.3% in the first quarter, exceeding a flash reading of 0.2%, according to Eurostat figures released Tuesday. Employment, meanwhile, gained ...

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Los Angeles County property market soars by record $100b

Bloomberg Property values in Los Angeles County are projected to rise by a record $100 billion this year, providing a boon to municipal coffers on the back of a hot housing market. The amount translates to $1.86 trillion in net value for taxable properties in the county, a 6% increase from 2021, according to a May forecast of the county’s ...

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