IKEA will continue to pay its staff in Russia until August, extending the period by three months
The owner Ingka Group says its may continue to pay its 12,000 staff beyond that as well.
The furniture brand’s stores closed early in March due to supply chain disruption and challenging trading conditions triggered by the war in Ukraine.
Upon closing the company promised to pay staff in roubles until the end of May but have now managed to prolong that to six months.
Ingka’s Retail Manager Tolga Oncu says they are “monitoring, analysing, looking at what’s happening and will make decisions as we go forward”.
IKEA is one of many western companies that have withdrawn their services from Russia pausing operations due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
McDonalds and Renault are also continuing to pay out their Russian staff.
Ingka is the main franchisee to enter IKEA, and is also responsible for supplying the company and employs 2,500 people at three factories.
The holding company based in the Netherlands is also one of the world’s biggest shopping centre owners, with 14 malls still in operation in Russia.
Oncu did not specify how IKEA was sourcing the money to pay local wages but assured that they are complying with all the sanctions and “utilising the assets” that they have in Russia.
Bank accidentally deposits $86M into client’s account
A financial institution mistakenly deposited over $86 million into a client’s account, causing shockwaves in the banking industry.
The error came to light when the client, a small business owner, checked their account balance and discovered the astronomical sum. It is being hailed as one of the most significant banking errors in recent memory.
The client, who wishes to remain anonymous, reportedly contacted the bank immediately upon noticing the massive windfall. Bank officials were left scrambling to rectify the error, which has raised numerous questions about the institution’s internal controls and safeguards.
The client’s account, initially holding just a few thousand dollars, suddenly displayed a balance that could buy luxury yachts, mansions, and more.
The incident has prompted investigations by regulatory authorities to determine how such an egregious error occurred in the first place.
While the bank has issued an apology and assured the client that the funds will be corrected to the proper balance, it remains unclear how this mistake could have happened on such a colossal scale.
The financial institution may also face potential legal consequences for the error, as well as reputational damage that could impact its future business.
Tech giants drive global mega-cap surge amid inflation relief
Tech giants have taken the lead in propelling global mega-cap stocks to new heights.
This surge comes as a welcome relief for investors who have been closely monitoring the impact of rising inflation on the financial markets.
The tech sector, including giants like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft, has been instrumental in driving the rally. These companies have reported robust earnings and strong growth prospects, which has boosted investor confidence. As a result, the market capitalization of these tech behemoths has reached unprecedented levels, contributing significantly to the overall rise in global mega-cap stocks.
The easing of inflationary pressures has played a pivotal role in this resurgence. Central banks’ efforts to tame inflation through monetary policy adjustments have begun to bear fruit, reassuring investors and stabilizing financial markets. As concerns over rapidly increasing prices recede, investors have become more willing to invest in mega-cap stocks, particularly in the tech sector, which has demonstrated resilience in the face of economic challenges.
Will the tech giants maintain their momentum and continue to lead the mega-cap surge, or are there potential risks on the horizon?
Real reason bosses want employers back in the office
As the world gradually recovers from the pandemic, employers are increasingly pushing for their staff to return to the office after years of remote work.
The driving force behind this push is the sharp decline in commercial property values, which has left many businesses concerned about their real estate investments.
Commercial property values have plunged in the wake of the pandemic, with many companies downsizing or reconsidering their office space needs.
This has put pressure on employers to reevaluate their remote work policies and encourage employees to return to the office. #featured
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