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  1. Host of annual Alba truffle auction wins 1.25kg pair for Euro98,000, and pledges Euro25,000 to charity

    Posted Nov 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... general manager, Danilo Nicoletti. Wine writer Jeannie Cho Lee, who won the bid for last year's 900-gram truffle for Euro105,000 (HK$1.12 million), settled for a comparatively modest 298-gram piece for HK$200,000, while auction and dinner host Jim Thompson ensured Hong Kong again had a winning bid, by securing the 1.25kg prize for Euro98,000. Thompson pledged that Euro ...

  2. Value of shop deals up 17pc

    Posted Mar 09th 2011, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... Peggy Sito Demand for shops has been strong this year, with buying interest bolstered by strong retail sales and an improving economy. The value of deals for shops so far in the first quarter was up 17 per cent, to HK$1.6 billion as of Monday, compared wi ...

  3. Be prepared for euro-zone fallout

    Posted Dec 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Eurogeddon has been averted, for the moment at least. Led by Germany and France, the 17 euro-zone members plus nine other members of the European Union have made a pact to deepen economic and fiscal integration with the aim of saving the euro. But it came at the cost of a fundamental split in the EU. Britain, a non-euro-zone member, stayed out of an agreement to draft ...

  4. Keeping Greece in euro could do more harm than good

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for the stricken Greek government. Next they must devise a formula for injecting somewhere between Euro100 billion and Euro300 billion of fresh capital into the euro zone's ailing banks. ... The real problem is that Greece, with its bloated and unproductive state sector and its high labour costs, simply cannot compete within the euro zone. As the first chart below shows, Greece's ...

  5. 20pc drop in home prices and weak euro

    Posted Dec 14th 2011, 12:00am

    ... cent.' To increase the supply of floating capital, he said, there would be a price to pay. 'The stability of the euro will be sacrificed,' Chan said. 'However, a weaker euro ...

  6. Don't fear for your euros, worry about your business

    Posted Nov 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland A concerned reader writes in to ask how a break-up of the euro would affect businesses in Asia. 'What would happen to the euro deposits in my HSBC account? How would I pay ... tests to ensure its electronic currency trading system is ready to handle Greece's exit from the euro zone and the sudden reintroduction of its former national currency, the drachma. So how ...

  7. IPOs face bright 2012 'if euro woes kept in check'

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... from further shock from the euro-zone crisis, Ernst and Young predicted yesterday. The global auditing firm predicted Hong Kong would raise over HK$260 billion this year since it had already ... South China regional managing partner of Ernst and Young, said the uncertainty around the euro-zone debt crisis had undermined investors and issuers in the IPO market this year. IPO results ...

  8. More euro-zone gloom leaves market twisting in the wind

    Posted Oct 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Jasper Moiseiwitsch jasper.moiseiwitsch@scmp.com Hong Kong equities were battered by euro-zone pressures once again last week, as news that Moody's had downgraded Spain's ... once and for all investors' worries about a euro-zone debt implosion, with expectations building (for example) that France and Germany had agreed to recapitalise the euro-zone rescue fund ...

  9. Mending the euro's cracks

    Posted Nov 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Kevin Rafferty The Greek tragedy continues with no easy end in sight, threatening to trigger a crisis in the euro, which could smash the European Union and deal a cruel blow to global ... Greece is going to leave the euro or be booted out. President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Germany's Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel finally made their exasperated feelings known- ...

  10. Euro debt crisis a win-win for China

    Posted Nov 03rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... A week ago European leaders finally clinched a complex deal to stem the euro zone's financial crisis in time to present a united front at this week's G20 summit on the global ... the European currency, even assuming the euro zone is still prepared to advance the country's second debt bailout of US$139 billion in view of the referendum. As a result the plan is in disarray, ...




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