Apple counters European tax probe with a big bag of job numbers

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The latest promotional page added to Apple’s website isn’t for a new product or service, but for the company’s contributions to the European economy. Citing half a million jobs “directly attributable to the App Store” and $6.5 billion in revenue for European app developers, Apple asserts that it’s “created an entirely new industry” around iOS app design and development. The company also has 101 stores in eight countries on the continent — employing more than 100 people at each location — and does business with 4,500 European suppliers. In a not so subtle jab at the authorities currently investigating whether Apple is paying its due share of tax, the American giant is underscoring its influence and importance to the European economy as a…

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