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  1. Small crumb of comfort in falling food prices

    Posted Sep 23rd 2008, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... in headline inflation last month was the result of an artful bit of manipulation by the Hong Kong government which successfully massaged the consumer price index lower by announcing a rent holiday ... rental inflation tends to be 'sticky', and is likely to stay high even though property prices have stalled with the Centa-City leading index now indicating a 3 per cent decline in flat ...

  2. Letters

    Posted Oct 09th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... be equal to the last actual transaction price indexed against the national housing price index. This means that, if the national housing price index had fallen by 10 per cent since the last transaction, the fair price would be the price during that transaction, minus 10 per cent. Similarly, if the price index had gone up by 10 per cent since then, the fair price would be 10 per cent above ...

  3. Japanese eateries plan to cut prices

    Posted Mar 30th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang Japanese restaurants in Hong Kong hit by nuclear contamination fears plan to cut prices and ask the government to provide safety certificates for food imported from Japan ... Chan and other government officials yesterday to discuss how the spread of radiation in Japan had affected imports of food products. He said consumer confidence in Japanese food had slumped ...

  4. Get with the programme: 5-year plan still has targets

    Posted Nov 03rd 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... and will set an annual target for rises in the consumer price index higher than 3 per cent. Yao Jingyuan, chief economist at the National Statistics Bureau, said yesterday that the mainland's ... The consumer price index rose 3.6 per cent in September. ...

  5. Energy demands too big for state control

    Posted Jun 09th 2008, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... on the consumer price index, which stood at 8.5 per cent in April. But the increase in inflation has been mainly driven by food prices. However, food prices have already shown signs of easing. ... may have an easier time in controlling oil prices as both producers and refineries are mostly state owned. While China has become the world's second largest consumer of oil and imports ...

  6. Greener local pastures

    Posted Feb 14th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... will feel the pain. In the Nomura Food Vulnerability Index, Hong Kong ranks ninth, which means that price fluctuations will lead to broader financial problems. The depreciating dollar is already ... and pork by quantity, and Hong Kong people on average consume three times more calories from meat than other Asians. This meat dependency will probably subject the city to greater price pressures. ...

  7. One-handed applause for Harbour Fest

    Posted May 07th 2004, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... that a composite. The price at present is only slightly below the level of the last time it was Bushwhacked in 1990. The blue line at the top represents our consumer price index since the beginning of 1984, ... misbehaviour in Iraq by the world's biggest consumer of oil. What miseries can our economy expect from this trend? No great ones, actually, or at least not unless oil prices rise considerably ...

  8. Public to assess profits plan for power suppliers

    Posted Jan 31st 2005, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... option for setting tariffs is pegging them to the consumer price index, and the power firms' efficiency and productivity. However, this option carries the risk that information on costs ... for the power firms. A recent Democratic Party poll of 760 consumers found that 70 per cent considered electricity tariffs to be unreasonably high. Some 57 per cent believed the tariffs were so high ...

  9. G8 pumps out misplaced concern about oil price

    Posted Jul 10th 2008, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... won't do it, then there is not the slightest chance that China and India, the world's fastest growing energy consumers, will do it. But will these G8 leaders recognise that a high oil price ... on the second day of the summit, the leaders expressed strong concern about... oil prices. Post, July 9 And blah-blah-blah-ba-ba-ba-blah-blah ...

  10. True cost of coal to nation 'far exceeds' market price

    Posted Oct 28th 2008, 12:00am by Shi Jiangtao

    ... and economists says. For each tonne of coal consumed last year, China paid 150 yuan (HK$170) extra in environmental damage, according to 'The True Cost of Coal'. The report, commissioned ... of the privately funded Unirule Institute of Economics. 'China must count these external costs and make the coal price reflect its true costs.' The so-called external costs were air and water ...




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