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  1. Contrarians are past masters at the baffling art of price projection

    Posted Jul 21st 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... this is why I have had such trouble in finding historical data for the MasterIndex survey of consumer confidence. This one, sponsored by the MasterCard people, comes out every six months and attempts ... The MasterIndex gave Hong Kong a rating of only 13.8 out of 100. Now let us assume that you adopted the golden investment principle- the news is in the price if it's in the press. You therefore ...

  2. The Chinese consumer fails to live up to the world's hopes

    Posted Mar 24th 2011, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... figures- also shows a worrying deterioration in sentiment. In January, the country's consumer confidence index slumped to just 99.9. To put that fall into perspective, it is the lowest reading ... has caused this slump in confidence is debatable. Inflation often acts as a spur to consumer demand. Spending today is seen as better than spending tomorrow, when prices will be higher. ...

  3. HK home prices slump 4pc in past five weeks

    Posted Jan 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peggy Sito peggy.sito@scmp.com Hong Kong home prices are falling at a faster pace, slumping 4.05 per cent over the past five weeks, says Centaline Property Agency. Centaline said the secondary market was hit by economic uncertainties and seasonal factors. According to its Centa-City Leading index, a weekly index that reflects transaction prices at major housing estates ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - HONG KONG

    Hong Kong ranks 14th in world for cost of living

    Posted Feb 04th 2013, 04:38pm by Ernest Kao

    ... having edged Zurich off the top spot despite sliding 14 percentage points on the index. “Rising living costs in Hong Kong are driven on a macro scale…although property prices are not taken into account in the study, the unrelenting growth in real estate costs also feed into higher prices for everything else,” said Susan Evans, an analyst at the EIU in Hong Kong. "No doubt, the lack ...

  5. Crash of 1973 worse, says Arculli

    Posted Oct 12th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The residential property market slumped. By the end of 1998, prices had fallen 44 per cent from their peak in October 1997. The consumer price index began falling. Five years of deflation followed. Hong ... worried about the economy and that the crash in 1973 was even worse. 'In 1973, the Hang Seng Index dropped from 1,700 points to 1,200... and finally plunged to 150 points. We will be able ...

  6. Consumers bemused at new varieties of Taiwanese fruit

    Posted May 21st 2005, 12:00am by Bill Savadove

    ... mainland consumers, many of whom are reluctant to pay more for the imported produce and are unfamiliar with the island's varieties of fruit. Beijing announced earlier this month that it would ... take effect will be at least 15 to 20 per cent cheaper than current prices. ...

  7. Talking points

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... expected to show the consumer price index in June was flat. European Union increases pressure on Syria The European Union is set to tighten its arms embargo on Syria by ordering the boarding ... on quality of life The organisation behind the Hong Kong Quality of Life Index holds a briefing to release the results of its survey for 2011. The composite index consists of 21 indicators ...

  8. Soaring stocks, loans stoke fears of bubble

    Posted Jul 28th 2009, 12:00am by Yvonne Liu

    ... Consumer Confidence Survey released yesterday. The survey, conducted in 28 markets last month, showed the consumer confidence index rising to 82 from 77 in March. Some experts warn that both Hong ... Wong Ka-chun and Yvonne Liu The Hang Seng Index breached the 20,000 threshold yesterday, a phenomenal recovery from last year's slump that has raised concerns that another speculative ...

  9. Minister dismisses tales of stingy multinationals

    Posted May 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... accounts for 6 per cent of mainland grain output, 8 per cent of oilseed production and 9.5 per cent of pork output. Rising food prices are a major reason for recent record inflation. The consumer price index rose 8.5 per cent year on year in April, the fastest pace in almost 12 years, and economists have warned that the loss of farm output in Sichuan could drive food prices even higher ...

  10. Upside seen for shares in epoch of rising rates

    Posted Mar 25th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... consumer price index to reach 3 per cent by the third quarter, but sees the prime lending rate edging up by another 1.25 percentage points to 6.5 per cent at most. 'This means real interest ... price index headline number rose 0.8 per cent last month, the rental component fell by 2.6 per cent, which showed it had not yet captured the rise in rents, Mr Gill said. In that environment ...




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