The world this week--Business
Twitter lodged a lawsuit against Elon Musk that seeks to force him to complete his takeover of the company for $44bn.
Mr Musk has broken off the deal, accusing Twitter of breaching their agreement by not disclosing the number of fake and spam accounts on its platform, which he insists is much higher than the company’s estimate of 5%.
In its suit Twitter described Mr Musk’s complaints as “imaginary conditions”, called his actions a mark of “disdain” and said that his “exit strategy is a model of hypocrisy”.
It has asked a court in Delaware to hold a hearing in September.
America’s annual inflation rate as measured by the consumer-price index leapt to 9.1% in June from 8.6% in May.
The jump was bigger than had been expected by most economists and adds to pressure on the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates at a faster clip.
The price of petrol rose by 11% in June over the previous month, but since then pump prices have reversed.
South Korea’s central bank lifted its main interest rate by half a percentage point, to 2.25%.
It was the biggest rise under a policy regime that started in 1999.
The country’s inflation rate is 6%.
Canada’s central bank surprised markets when it increased its rate by a full percentage point, to 2.5%.
Andrew Bailey promised that the Bank of England would do whatever it takes to get inflation in Britain back to a target of 2% (the annual rate stands at 9.1%).
The central bank’s governor suggested that this may well mean sharper increases to interest rates than the quarter of a percentage point rises that it has implemented recently.
The euro briefly hit parity with the dollar, the first time the two currencies have been of equal value in two decades.
The euro has fallen by 11% since the start of the year.
The European Central Bank has been slower off the blocks than its counterparts in upping interest rates, but is expected to do so this month.
PepsiCo raised its revenue forecast for the rest of the year.
The maker of snacks and soft drinks has increased the retail price of some products and shrunk the size of others to cope with rising costs, and so far has seen no tail off in consumer demand.
Netflix announced that it is working on a new lower-priced subscription plan that will include adverts among its content, and that it had chosen Microsoft to develop the technology.
The company is trying to retain subscribers amid intense competition.
Its rivals are also rolling out ad-supported plans, causing some to wonder if streaming platforms will come to resemble traditional TV more closely over the next decade.