Business | Edition 29 April 2023

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Another regional bank in America was on the brink of collapse. The First Republic, based in San Francisco, said it was “pursuing strategic options” after revealing that customers withdrew about $100bn in deposits amid the turmoil surrounding the failure of Silicon Valley Bank. Although flows stood out in April, First Republic is reducing its workforce by up to 25% to cut costs. The bank’s share price has already fallen 50% in a day.

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Customer flow at Credit Suisse reached $69bn in the first quarter, most of it in the days leading up to its collapse and takeover UBS because of the Swiss rulers. Many customers sent their money back to UBSwhich reported $28bn in customer inflows.

America’s tech giants started announcing their latest products. Microsoft report on steady earnings. Cloud computing revenue rose 16% year over year, a slower rate than before but faster than markets expected given the pullback in corporate. IT spending And sell advertising at Alphabet Google’s business bounced back after two disappointing quarters. The stock of both companies is up about 20% since the beginning of the year, outperforming the number S&P 500.

at Microsoft $75bn to take over his proposalActivity blocked by Britain’s competition regulator, possibly signaling the death knell for the deal. Regulators around the world are concerned that Microsoft’s purchase of Activision, which owns the “Call of Duty” video games, would take control of the game. America’s Federal Trade Commission sued to stop the takeover in December.

Meta at Quarterly revenue rose by 3%, year after year, the first increase in the company’s sales in nine months. The Reality Labs division, which was tasked with developing the metaverse, made another big loss. However, investors seem to be happy with Meta’s strategy, sending its stock up 74% this year.

The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by an inventor against the refusal to grant two patents for products he created artificial intelligence. Stephen Thaler recorded his DABUS AI as an “inventor” for the patents, which were rejected because only people can get copyrights. Mr. Thaler is fighting that law in America, Great Britain and Europe. He believes that DABUS it has sensory experiences, and even a stream of consciousness.

Rakuten Bank The share price rose on the first day of trading on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The internet banking pioneer raised $625m, making it Japan’s largest initial public offering since 2018.

Sweden the central bank raised its key interest rate again, to 3.5%, and said it would raise the rate again in June or September.

The Bank of England’s chief economist, Huw Pill, urged people to accept that they are worse off because of inflation and not seeking higher pay, and he said companies should stop trying to pass on their higher costs to consumers. Trying to “pass the parcel” would only add to inflationary pressures, he said.

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Two years after winning a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the camps inside Xinjiang, BuzzFeed decided to terminate the standalone news division as part of a group-wide cost-cutting initiative. Like other digital news providers that are mostly free to use, BuzzFeed has seen a significant drop in advertising revenue.

Global sales of electric vehicles a 25% increase in the first quarter, year on year, according to the International Energy Agency. EVs is expected to account for 18% of total car sales by the end of 2023 as more affordable models become available, up from less than 5% in 2020. “Exponential growth” of EV sales are led by China, which accounts for 60% of the market. Sales tripled in what was emerging EV the markets of India and Indonesia last year, although they are still worse with sales of petrol cars in these countries.

After months of struggling to stay away, Bed Bath & Beyond he threw in the towel and filed for bankruptcy protection. The retailer shocked Wall Street with its fight for survival and efforts to raise funds. His status as a meme stock helped him ride out previous brushes with bankruptcy. The company never rose to the challenge of the digital age. “We missed the boat on the Internet,” said one of its founders.

Anheuser-Busch has placed two executives on leave amid a communications dispute Bud Light by a high-profile transgender activist. The brewer sent Dylan Mulvaney a beer can with her face on it, which she promoted in a video. That prompted a backlash from conservatives: Bud Light sales dropped 17% in a week. “We never intended to be part of a debate that divides people,” he said ABis a leader.

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