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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion - JAKE'S VIEW

    'Grim' retail sales index tells only fraction of story

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 04:25am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... of how much all of this might affect consumer activity. The blue line represents the growth of the retail sales index, the red line the growth of total domestic-market spending. For the red line ... this year. There is no need to push a panic button. And one big reason that the retail sales index is down so much is that retailers of stuff just haven't been able to drive up their prices ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    A new chapter for the Hang Seng Index

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 05:27am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial New chapter for Hang Seng Index If anyone wanted a quick guide to Hong Kong's history over the last 50 years, they could do worse than refer to the Hang Seng Index ... of 58.61 points on August 31, 1967, before it was ever published. On its 50th birthday, the index closed more than 240 times higher than its base at 24,756.85. It is still dominated, in terms ...

  3. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Business must back shift away from consumer culture

    Posted Aug 07th 2014, 01:14pm by Bernard Chan

    ... Bernard Chan Bernard Chan says sustainability is at stake, in Hong Kong and elsewhere Business must back the shift away from consumer culture For years, Hong Kong has debated the idea ... want to keep their jobs think up new ways to satisfy them. Typically, in consumer industries, they focus on getting more products onto the market, and convincing us to buy them. Most of us play ...

  4. Property - Hong Kong & China - BRICKS & MORTAR

    What can the government really do about home prices in Hong Kong?

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:07am by Yvonne Liu

    ... index for private homes climbed to a record 249.8, 4.1 per cent higher than its level before the government released several measures in February last year. Property prices have rebounded ... Yvonne Liu With new towns crucial for boosting supply, Hongkongers must learn to strike a balance More can be done to cool home prices, but solution involves us Hong Kong property prices ...

  5. Comment

    Sustainability remains our biggest strategic risk today

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 03:14pm by Andrew Sheng

    ... say, consumer behaviour from "big data". Big data, any data, is only as good as your ability to use it. The third truth about strategy is that it is only as good as its execution. ... and inequality will increase. The real issue with a hybrid model, where the state operates to provide public goods and leave most activities to the market, is where to draw the line and how to price ...

  6. News - China - CHINA BRIEFING

    Level the field but keep FDI in play

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 05:37am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... All firms under the spotlight have said they are cooperating with investigators. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have also announced sharp cuts in the prices of spare parts. But the unprecedented ... retailers to charge a minimum price for their premium liquors. But the fact remains that multinationals have borne the brunt of the antitrust push. It is a long way from just a few years ago when ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MACROSCOPE

    Our minds are preoccupied with tiny risks, ignoring the real challenges

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 02:51pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... scare in Hong Kong, air passenger numbers dropped 15 per cent. Retail sales crashed, forcing many shops to slash prices by 50 to 60 per cent. Cinemas were empty. The estimate was that US$40 ... more systematic in measuring and prioritising the risks that surround us, Occupy Central would be down there with chest X-rays as a threat to life as we know it. Instead, it is consuming ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Chinese antitrust regulators must address charges of anti-foreigner bias

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 12:02pm by Hu Shuli

    ... stopped giving preferential treatment to foreign companies. In a way, the law does act as a warning to foreign capital not to abuse their market leadership, such as by fixing prices. It tells ... impartiality is to call all misbehaving companies to account- including domestic giants. Legal scholars and consumers have long demanded investigations into state-owned companies such as China National ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Talking points

    Posted Jul 09th 2014, 05:07am by STAFF

    ... a month in which mainland inflation grew at its most rapid rate in four months. The consumer price index, which measures changes in consumer goods and therefore tracks inflation, showed growth of 2.5 per cent for May. The producer price index is also due out today, showing the wholesale prices of finished goods. Overall, mainland inflation has been considered remarkably low compared ...

  10. Business - Comment - THE VIEW

    Measuring the global misery index

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 01:29am by STEVE HANKE

    ... Steve Hanke Countries with a high misery index need to tackle their populations' unhappiness with a dose of restructuring and more economic freedom Measuring misery Misery ... misery index score reflects higher levels of "misery". The charts show misery index patterns by major regions over the past decade. Several things are worth noting, particularly ...




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