The Week in Numbers: so much for peak prices

STORY: From a fresh inflation shock in the U.S., to why Ethereum’s "Merge" could be good news for the environment, this is the Week in Numbers. First up…

6.3% was the rise in U.S. core prices in August - up on the previous month, and dashing hopes that inflation was starting to cool off.

U.S. stocks tumbled following the news, which raised bets of another big rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

Over $140 billion is how much the EU hopes to claw back from energy firms to help consumers and companies with their bills.

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen wants to cap the profits made by power firms that don’t use gas:

"We are proposing a cap on the revenues of companies that produce electricity at a low cost. These companies are making revenues they never accounted for, they never even dreamt of.”

Just over $4.1 billion is the fine that Google will have to pay in Europe. That after a court rejected its appeal.

It’s a record penalty for an antitrust violation - and may encourage other regulators to turn up the pressure, too.

911 million is how many shares will be issued in the upcoming Porsche IPO, according to Reuters sources. That number is a nod to its famous sportscar.

The offering could be Europe’s biggest in over 20 years.

And 99.95% is the cut in energy use for transactions using ether. The bitcoin rival moved to a new version of its underlying Ethereum blockchain this week.

Fans hope the long-hyped "Merge" will tackle green concerns over crypto, and help the token gain ground on bitcoin.