Education chief in good spirits, wife says
Education minister Michael Suen Ming-yeung is in good spirits, his wife said after she visited him yesterday at Queen Mary Hospital in Pok Fu Lam, where he is being treated for pneumonia. A hospital spokesman said the condition of the 68-year-old was stable, but he was unsure when Suen would be able to return home.
Protest marks 12 years since Macau's handover
Hundreds of protesters from the New Macau Association took to the streets calling for greater democracy yesterday, on the 12th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese administration. The protesters want more directly elected seats in the city's legislature, and action on housing, inflation and corruption.
Inflation stable for the third month in a row
The government expects price pressures to ease after underlying inflation remained at 6.4 per cent year-on-year for the third consecutive month. Overall consumer prices rose 5.7 per cent last month compared to the same period last year, slightly down from October, the Census and Statistics Department said.
HK's online shopping bill hits US$1.9b, study finds
The size of the Hong Kong online shopping market has reached US$1.9 billion this year, according to a study by PayPal. The company expects the figure to hit US$2.5 billion by 2015. Some two million online shoppers spent an average of US$991 online this year, with clothing the most popular item.