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SoftBank leads $450m round by used-vehicle site Cars24

Bloomberg Cars24 Services Pvt is raising $450 million in equity and debt from SoftBank Group Corp and other investors, underscoring growing demand for used vehicles as Covid disruptions and systemic chip shortages crimp auto production. The round values India’s largest used-car site at $1.84 billion, almost doubling from the end ...

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‘Hybrid vehicles are key to India’s electric shift’

Bloomberg Hybrid vehicles are a better fit than battery-powered electric cars for India in the immediate future, given the nation’s shortcomings in EV infrastructure, according to the regional head of auto parts supplier Schaeffler AG. “Hybrid vehicles will play an equally important role because they are able to address some ...

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Johnson calls gas price surge in UK a ‘temporary’ problem

Bloomberg UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said unprecedented surge in natural gas prices is a “temporary” problem caused by the global economy bouncing back after the pandemic, arguing a “phenomenal demand for gas” in Asia has affected UK supplies. “I want to give a general reassurance that the problems we’re ...

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Merck plans to spend $3.5bn on electronics unit amid chip crunch

Bloomberg Merck KGaA plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.5 billion) through 2025 in its electronics business to capitalise on rising demand for semiconductor and display panel materials. The German company will expand production capacity, bolster research and development spending and is also considering bolt-on acquisitions, it said ...

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Europe facing worst corporate credit supply shortfall since 2005

Bloomberg The amount of corporate bonds investors can trade in Europe is shrinking for the first time since 2005. Despite a rush in deals by high-grade non-financial firms, there’s effectively a 21 billion-euro ($25 billion) drop in the investable pool of euro bonds because of calls, buybacks, upcoming redemptions and ...

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