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Euro falls below dollar for the first time in 20 years

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The euro has fallen below the dollar for the first time in nearly 20 years as the war in Ukraine pushes the single currency down

A single euro bought $0.99 on the foreign exchange market today, down by 0.4 per cent in the day’s trading.

Recession fears are creeping closer now that Russia may restrict Europe’s supplies of energy

The European Central Bank has lagged other central banks in raising rates, further weakening the euro.

A weakening currency will make imports more expensive for eurozone countries, especially goods priced in dollars such as crude oil.

This follows US inflation breaching 9 percent for the first time in more than 40 years

It’s leading to fears of a recession in the world’s biggest economy and speculation the Federal Reserve will lift interest rates even further.

President Joe Biden is downplaying the huge increase in consumer prices as “out of date” because of the sharp drop in petrol prices in the US since June.

It comes just four months from the crucial midterm elections.

The inflation shock sent stocks lower on Wall Street, intensifying debate on the next steps by the Federal Reserve to tame prices.

US inflation surged to a fresh peak of 9.1 percent in June.

Beyond the hit to consumption from high prices, analysts worry the report will prompt the Fed to adopt even tougher measures to tighten monetary policy, such as a full percentage point interest rate increase at the July 27 meeting

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Toyota announce Koji Sato as new CEO

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He’s the grandson of the founder, and a true titan of the industry.

 
But the question of who should replace Akio Toyoda at the top of Toyota had become a growing concern.

Now we have the answer.

The auto giant has announce its veteran boss would step down as chief executive, and become chairman.

Toyoda said he would be succeeded by chief branding officer Koji Sato from the start of April.

Sato says he loves making cars, and hopes to propel the company further down the Electric Vehicle path over the coming years. #Toyota

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Taylor Swift ticketing fiasco enters the U.S. Senate

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Live Nation is in the firing line over its inability to stop scalper bots from purchasing Taylor Swift tickets

U.S. Senators have grilled the boss of Live Nation over the lack of transparency relating to concert tickets for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour.

The entertainment company, which owns Ticketmaster is under fire after bots purchased tickets for Swift’s ‘Era Tour’ last year, in an attempt to resell them for a higher price.

Joe Berchtold is the chief financial officer of Live Nation, who apologised to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“We apologise to the fans, we apologise to Ms. Swift, we need to do better and we will do better.”

Senators criticised Live Nation’s fee structure and inability to deal with bots, which bulk buy tickets and resell them at inflated prices.

“There isn’t transparency when no one knows who sets the fees,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar said.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn called Live Nation’s bot problem “unbelievable”.

Ticketmaster reportedly occupies more than 70 per cent market share of primary ticket services for major U.S. concert venues.

“You ought to be able to get some good advice from people and figure it out,” Ms Blackburn said.

Ticketmaster cancelled sales of Swift’s tour to the public because of the “high demand”.

The entertainment giant reportedly sold over 2 million tickets, which is enough to fill 900 stadiums.

Taylor Swift said the situation was difficult, and called for accountability for music promoters.

“It’s really difficult for me to trust an outside entity with these relationships and loyalties, and excruciating for me to just watch mistakes happen with no recourse.

“I’m not going to make excuses for anyone because we asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could,” she said.

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Amazon is taking on traditional pharmacies

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Amazon subscription service will give millions of Americans access to medications

 
How would you like to ditch going to the pharmacy?

Amazon has revealed a $5 monthly subscription plan for U.S. Prime members, allowing people to have generic drugs delivered right to their doors.

The program includes 50 medications which are used to treat 80 conditions.

Unfortunately individuals enrolled in Medicare or any other government healthcare programs will not be able to use the service.

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