10 things we learned this week

HMV hot on Amazon's heels, bad times for the euro, great week for Apple shares.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 19 Sep 2014

1. HMV is poised to overtake Amazon as the UK's biggest entertainment retailer

2. Aberdeen Asset Management CEO Martin Gilbert isn't planning an African adventure any time soon: 'I love Africa for investment but you need balls of steel. I admire Bob Diamond giving it a go,' he said.

3. The euro is now down almost 5% against the dollar since the beginning of July. 

4. The recession wasn't as bad as we thought, as drug sales and prostitution helped contribute £10bn to the UK economy in 2009 alone.

5. Shares in Apple are at a record high, despite the celebrity photo leak scandal.

6. Uber has a valuation of $17bn –  it now operates in 128 cities and 37 countries around the world.

7. UK job vacancies at 16-year high but firms are struggling to fill them.

8. Premier League clubs have spent £835m on new players during the summer transfer window, up a third on last year.

9. The average house price in the capital is now £499,000, compared with the national average of £265,000.

10. MT's diarist Howard Davies recently stumbled across 'cougar night' in northern California.

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