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  1. Inflation worries hit consumer sentiment in HK

    Posted Jul 19th 2012, 12:00am

    ... shows. The consumer confidence index fell to 77.5 in the quarter, the lowest since the quarterly study was launched in 2008. The reading in the previous quarter was 80.7. The study found that Hongkongers worried most about inflation and exorbitant housing prices. On prices and home purchases, the index stood at 56.6 and 49.2, both lower than the readings in the previous quarter. A reading ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Business - Commodities - METAL TRADING

    China taps Singapore in push to boost pricing power in metals

    Posted Aug 15th 2014, 11:31am by Reuters

    ... of Western banks from the global commodities trading business. China has long sought more pricing power in commodities as it is the largest consumer of many resources, including copper and iron ore, but does not produce enough and must import at global prices. Chinese firms are now aiming to cut out middlemen and connect with a wider array of producers and users. As Western banks have ditched ...

  4. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Ontario teachers hit jackpot with bet on JD.com

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 01:27am by BLOOM

    ... Teachers' Pension Plan's investment is part of a growing trend that has seen overseas asset managers, from Singapore's Temasek Holdings to Baltimore-based TRowe Price Group, scoop up ... by Bloomberg. China's e-commerce sales increased 47 per cent to 629 billion yuan (HK$792.4 billion) in the April-June period, surpassing 10 per cent of the country's spending on consumer ...

  5. Watchdog checks prices more often

    Posted Apr 18th 2008, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... said the programme would start later this year. The council conducts an annual price survey, which mainly looks at inflation or changes in the consumer price index. Ms Lau said the latest one, ... Paggie Leung The Consumer Council is planning to conduct price checks every two weeks to increase transparency of information on consumer products. The watchdog's chief executive, ...

  6. Consumer prices up 2.2pc in October

    Posted Nov 21st 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... composite CPI on a seasonally adjusted basis tend to suggest that deflationary pressures should be rather contained going forward,' he said, on the composite consumer price index, which ... for housing, 4.7 per cent for clothing and shoes. The housing component of the consumer price index has a major weighting of 27 per cent and was a big contributor to inflation last month. Prices ...

  7. Property - Hong Kong & China - RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

    China home price decline accelerates despite easing of buying curbs

    Posted Aug 01st 2014, 11:38am by Langi Chiang

    ... the property market downturn is still deepening, although numerous cities relaxed purchase restrictions in recent weeks. The average home price across 100 major cities tracked by the China Index ... it dropped 0.5 per cent from May. A wider index measuring home prices in 288 cities, including smaller ones, monitored by rival consultancy E-House China, fell for the fourth consecutive month ...

  8. China's inflation statistics don't show the true picture

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... their country's true rate of inflation. These include rounding down all numbers to the right of decimal points, using official government prices rather than the prices that consumers actually pay in the shops, and simply omitting goods with fast-rising prices from the consumer price index (CPI) shopping basket. As a result, Argentina's statisticians are able to claim that inflation ...

  9. Business - Economy - STOCKS

    Hang Seng Index hits 6-year high to close above 25,000 despite notes of caution

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 11:45pm by Ray Chan, Denise Tsang, Eddie Lee

    ... 6-year high amid notes of caution The Hang Seng Index rallied to close above 25,000 for the first time since May 2008 yesterday, even as a top government forecaster warned that economic growth ... cent to the value of the Hang Seng from the year's low in March, lifting it to 25,122. The Shanghai Composite Index has also been trading higher, finishing yesterday at 2,245.33 points, ...

  10. Business - Money - INVESTMENT

    Learn from Shinzo Abe and get out of bonds, says CLSA

    Posted Aug 27th 2014, 01:27am by BLOOM

    ... as relative valuations swing in favour of equities, CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets said. "The danger that bond prices drop from here is very, very real so you need to get out of those things while ... at the end of March. Japan's 10-year debt yield was 0.51 per cent, or 1.16 percentage points below the estimated dividend yield for the Nikkei-225 Index on Monday. Unprecedented Bank of Japan ...




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