The Week in Numbers: game time for Microsoft

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From a mega-deal in video gaming, to soaring salaries for young bankers, this is the Week in Numbers.

$68.7 billion is the price tag for the biggest ever deal in video gaming. Microsoft is buying Activision Blizzard, giving it games like 'Call of Duty'. Industry-watchers say the tech giant is bulking up on content for its Game Pass subscription service.

Wedbush Securities MD Michael Pachter:

"Game Pass subscribers are big winners, because they're going to get a lot more content for the same price. Sony are big losers because, you know, some of this content is not going to be a PlayStation in the future."

$68 billion was also how much Unilever offered to pay for the consumer-health arm of GlaxoSmithKline. By week's end the deal looked almost dead, however. GSK says the bid undervalues the business, but Unilever was refusing to budge on the price.

70% is the annual growth in revenue at TikTok-owner ByteDance, according to Reuters sources at least. That might sound good, but last year it was over 100%. Like rival giants Alibaba and Tencent, ByteDance is feeling the chill of China's tech crackdown.

24% was the plunge in Peloton shares on Thursday. That after the firm saw a slump in sales as people ventured out to the gym again. Once a big lockdown winner, Peloton says it is now "resetting" production and reviewing staff numbers.

And $110,000 is now the starting salary for young bankers at JP Morgan, according to a Reuters source. The lender reportedly raised pay for a second time amid a battle to attract top talent. Wages have gone up at rival Goldman Sachs too, and were one factor behind a big earnings miss at the bank this week.

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