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  1. Why is the mainland economy slowing? What impact will the slowdown have on Hong Kong's economy and markets?

    Posted Jul 11th 2011, 12:00am

    ... fallen as well. It provides some room for officials to support growth by loosening monetary policy again should the economy slow down even more sharply than expected. Hong Kong's economy is increasingly tied to the mainland. So far there are few signs that the territory's economy is going through a pronounced slowdown, says Neumann, as the territory continues to enjoy a loose ...

  2. Bankers see policy easing ahead as economy cools

    Posted Jun 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in the third quarter, compared with only 6.7 per cent in the second. More interest rate cuts and higher bank lending are widely expected as the economy cools amid the ongoing debt crisis in Europe ... in the economy, while households are anticipating higher consumer prices, lower income and less job security down the road. The macroeconomic confidence index slid by 6.6 percentage points to 58.4 per ...

  3. Opportunity knocks when the economy slows down

    Posted Dec 05th 2011, 12:00am

    ... growth for next year, although Wednesday's announcement indicated mounting worries of Chinese leaders over the worsening euro-zone crisis and its impact on the mainland economy. Let's ... the mainland economy to ease further next year, with the most pessimistic forecasts at 8 per cent. That may signal a significant slowdown, but as many pro-reform mainland economists have argued ...

  4. By one key measure, China's economy is already the biggest

    Posted Nov 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland For 10 years, analysts have been arguing about how soon China will overtake the United States to become the world's largest economy. Now Jim O'Neill, the Goldman ... decade, Goldman projected that China's economy would outstrip America's sometime around 2040. Since then, China's growth has surpassed all expectations, while the US has suffered ...

  5. Inflation fall raises hopes for economy

    Posted Nov 10th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Inflation on the mainland slowed sharply in October, potentially opening the door for policymakers to begin fine-tuning tightening measures begun a year ago. That would help an economy feeling the chill of a global slowdown. The consumer price index (CPI) rose 5.5 per cent last month from a year earlier, down from 6.1 per cent ...

  6. Caution urged over 'failing' economies

    Posted Sep 07th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sophie Yu sophie.yu@scmp.com Economists warned yesterday of a gloomy outlook for the global economy and urged investors to remain cautious. Jim Walker, managing director of Hong Kong economic consultancy Asianomics, said the efforts to shore up the embattled eurozone economies were destined to fail. 'Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Spain and Italy are all in deep trouble, so ...

  7. Business - Comment

    The real extent of China's economic hard landing

    Posted Sep 21st 2012, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... but an uncomfortably hard landing in China's domestic economy. Behind China's slowdown lies the enormous investment boom of the last few years. On one hand, headlong investment has created severe ... from 1.8 per cent the previous month. But considering that household spending makes up only 35 per cent of China's economy, consumer prices are the wrong measure to look at. With fixed ...

  8. Growing economy

    Posted Mar 12th 2008, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren Britons now have even more money to spend on housing The fortunes of property markets tend to follow those of the economy. Britain's house prices have risen for more ... levels and peoples' earnings are growing steadily each year, so Britons have had plenty to spend on housing. The nation's economy has grown for 62 quarters, the longest period ...

  9. Drastic moves to further tighten reins of runaway economy unlikely

    Posted Jul 17th 2006, 12:00am by Wang Xiangwei

    ... China's policymakers have been in a flurry of meetings since last week when preliminary figures for June showed overall economic growth remained perhaps a tad too strong, with overheating in specific sectors unabated. State media reported that the economy grew by 10.9 per cent in the second quarter - up from 10.3 per cent in the first quarter - data which is likely ...

  10. Minimum wage may be boon for economy, Legco researchers say

    Posted Mar 21st 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Kang-chung Protecting workers by setting a minimum wage might be good for the economy, according to research by the legislature. But unemployment could worsen if the wage floor rose ... cent of the average wage. No conclusive study had been done on how a minimum wage system affects an economy, said the report, which was presented at yesterday's Legco manpower panel ...




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