Apple App Store Revenue Hits $60 Billion in 2021
Between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day, Apple App Store sales escalated by double digits, compared to the same period a year before. In 2021, the Apple app store produced $60 billion in income for app developers. Since its inception in 2008, the App Store has produced over $260 billion in revenue, with the Apple store being one of the key pillars of the tech tycoon’s success.
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The central bank of Japan, the Bank of Japan (BOJ), is expected to raise its price projection next week as the impact of increasing raw material costs being transferred to end consumers, but it will reiterate its commitment to maintain ultra-loose monetary policy with inflation significantly below its target of 2%.
Increased immigration is needed in Germany to avoid significant labor shortages weakening productivity and jeopardizing a successful energy transition, according to the country's economy minister, as Europe's largest economy faces a demographic catastrophe. As stated by one of the leaders of the Greens party, Robert Habeck, “If we don't close that gap, we will have real productivity problems.”
The U.S. dollar fell to its lowest level against key rival currencies since mid-November, after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell pointed out that it could take several months to decide whether to reduce the central bank's $9 trillion balance sheet. The dollar index traded 0.08% lower to 95.545.
Gold futures traded higher on early Wednesday trading sessions, driven by a weaker U.S dollar. Following US Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell's less hawkish tone and indication that the central bank will handle inflation, investors are shifting their emphasis towards US inflation data for interest rate hike speculations. Gold futures inched 0.09% higher to $1,820.05 per ounce.
Crude oil prices remained stable on early trading sessions of Wednesday, fueled by significant increases the day before when the chairman of the US Federal Reserve hinted that the central bank would hike rates at a slower rate than expected. The rise is also driven by the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Brent futures were up 0.07% to $83.78 per barrel, while WTI crude futures jumped rose 0.30% to $81.42 per barrel.
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Irish-American online payment processor Stripe, has added Ford to its customers list, with the American carmaker signing a five-year deal with the goal of strengthening Ford’s e-commerce strategy and long-term outlook. Ford aims to use Stripe’s technology to process digital payments across Europe and North America.
Stripe, which is set for an initial public offering in 2022, is attracting investors from all corners of the world, currently valued at $95 billion as of April of 2021.
Microsoft announced that it shall acquire Activision Blizzard in a $68.7 billion deal. Taking over the “Call of Duty” maker at this price tag would mark the largest deal in the gaming industry history, and the biggest ever all-cash acquisition of Microsoft’s history. The Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) rocketed 26% on the news. The acquisition is aimed at entering the metaverse & virtual future world with confidence and bolstered powers.