Traders bet on 2% interest rates after US inflation beats worst expectations Business


All eyes are on Unilever this morning, which released its first set of results since that disastrous £50bn for GSK’s consumer healthcare division.

The main theme is input costs, which Unilever predicts will increase by 2 billion euros in the first half and 1.5 billion euros in the second half. As a result, it should again raise prices for consumers.

The Marmite maker will be pleased with its 2021 numbers, however. Underlying sales rose 4.5%, largely thanks to higher prices.

In another bid to satisfy shareholders, Unilever said it was launching a €4 billion share buyback program and ruled out any major acquisitions in the short term.

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What happened overnight

Asian stocks mostly rose on Thursday as investors tried to gauge U.S. inflation, tensions between Russia and Ukraine and the impact of the pandemic.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 rose 0.4% to 27,680.91. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.1pc to 7,275.70. South Korea’s Kospi added 0.1pc to 2,771.88. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng edged down 0.1pc to 24,803.59, while the Shanghai Composite was little changed at 3,480.49.

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