The Week in Numbers: record profits, green ships

From record profits in the U.S., to blue ships going green, this is the Week in Numbers.

First up….$2.8 trillion is the record pile of profits made by U.S. firms in the second quarter.

That's despite worries about health and inflation, and shortages of raw materials and labor.

Economists say that suggests any dip in growth is likely to be short-lived.

$20 billion is the price tag put on a mega-merger between memory chip makers.

A Reuters source says Western Digital of the U.S. and Japan’s Kioxia are thinking about tying the knot.

Together they could match Samsung’s market might.

$3.2 billion is the estimated value of Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit.

That's his small satellite launch service, not the Virgin Galactic space tourism outfit.

Orbit is expected to go public through a merger with a blank-check vehicle, which includes some funding from Boeing.

64% was the record jump in sales at Xiaomi. The Chinese firm is now the world's number two smartphone maker, behind Samsung but ahead of Apple.

And it's thinking about a whole new challenge. Xiaomi says it will spend billions to start making its own electric cars.

And $175 million is how much it costs to turn blue ships green.

Shipping giant Maersk has ordered eight huge container vessels costing that much each.

They'll be able to run on carbon-neutral methanol fuel, cutting about 1 million tonnes per year off Maersk's CO2 emissions.

The world's biggest shipping firm aims to hit net-zero emissions by 2050.

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