The Week in Numbers: Google hits, Meta misses

From a bad day for Mark Zuckerberg, to a very good one for Jeff Bezos, this is the Week in Numbers.

26% was the plunge in shares for Facebook-owner Meta Platforms on Thursday, after a dismal outlook for growth. The plunge wiped $200 billion off Meta's market value - the biggest-ever single day slide for a U.S. firm. Boss Mark Zuckerberg saw $29 billion wiped off his own net worth.

But about $20 billion was added to the fortune of Amazon chief Jeff Bezos. Shares in the e-commerce titan soared after blockbuster holiday-season sales, and a plan to hike prices for Prime subscriptions in the U.S. The week also saw record numbers from Google-owner Alphabet, making it a top week for big tech... except Facebook.

$6.4 billion was the latest quarterly profit at Shell - its best in eight years. Days earlier Exxon Mobil reported its best numbers in seven years. The energy giants are raking it in as oil and gas prices soar.

0.5% is the benchmark interest rate in the UK now, after a second hike in three months. Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said he had to act to head off a surge in consumer prices:

"An increase in bank rate is necessary because it is unlikely that inflation will return to target without it."

And $1.7 billion is Spider-Man's net worth. Or at least it's the ticket sales so far for the latest movie. That helped drive producer Sony to estimate-smashing profit numbers this week. Shares in the Japanese giant still slid later in the week, with investors wondering if it can compete in online gaming.