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  1. Business - Economy

    France unveils 20bn euro business tax break

    Posted Nov 06th 2012, 07:17pm

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris France on Tuesday unveiled a 20 billion-euro tax break for companies in a bid to address flagging competitiveness. The move was approved by the government a day after a report called on the Socialist administration to slash payroll taxes by 30 billion euros (HK$295 billion) within two years. The government signalled that easing a business tax ...

  2. Business - Economy - CHINA

    Lingering euro-zone crisis expected to hinder China's economic recovery

    Posted Sep 06th 2012, 12:00am by Toh Han Shih

    ... Toh Han Shih hanshih.toh@scmp.com Standard Chartered sees U-shaped rebound on the mainland as crisis in the euro zone lingers Europe to hinder China's recovery The euro-zone crisis will last longer than expected and slow the mainland's economic recovery, Standard Chartered economists predict. Although Standard Chartered improved its outlook for the euro zone's gross ...

  3. Business - Economy

    Euro-zone economy shrinks despite German growth

    Posted Aug 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Reuters in Brussels and Berlin Second quarter figures show 0.2pc contraction, even though Germany managed 0.3pc growth Stricken euro-zone economy shrinks The euro zone's debt-ravaged ... contract in the summer. It is fundamentally in good structural shape, but can't decouple from the recession in the euro zone, plus the global economy has also shifted down a gear." Aside ...

  4. Euro-zone deal a turning point

    Posted Jul 03rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... come to be seen as a turning point. Markets soared after euro-zone leaders agreed to a surprise deal to help Spain and Italy, which have been forced to pay unaffordable interest rates to add ... will be the introduction of a new system of euro-zone banking supervision through the European Central Bank, a first step towards a full banking union. The leaders also agreed to open talks on closer fiscal ...

  5. Euro-crisis storm clouds still hanging over HK's economy

    Posted Jun 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland It took just hours following the results of Sunday's Greek election for the markets to realise that the euro crisis is far from over. Despite a bank bail-out last week, ... bought more time for the euro zone. Already, there is talk of the need for a new and bigger bail-out for the Spanish government. And the first thing Greece's new government will have to do ...

  6. Euro-zone crisis has exporters ducking for cover

    Posted Jul 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com It's not just the banks suffering in the euro-zone crisis- it has left a growing number of European firms unable to settle trades with Asian exporters, ... to pay within a set period or goes bankrupt. 'The euro-zone crisis has led Coface to pay more claims last year. But it has also led more exporters in the Asia-Pacific region to buy cover ...

  7. Germany holds all euro-zone cards

    Posted May 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Euro-zone officials have been discussing preparations by member states for a possible Greek exit. That is a signal to Asia to prepare for an outcome to the euro crisis sooner rather than ... are expected to again reject German-imposed austerity policies in return for a massive bailout. If as a result Greece leaves the euro zone and defaults, the worry would be contagion and pressure ...

  8. HSBC earnings likely to be hit by euro-zone woes

    Posted Jul 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... George Chen george.chen@scmp.com HSBC, Europe's biggest bank by assets, is scheduled to report its first-half earnings on Monday amid growing trouble in the euro zone that may affect ... European banking stocks, in addition to other risks that the euro zone might collapse if Greece or even Spain chooses to exit. In China, HSBC is closely watching whether Beijing can maintain its ...

  9. Euro-zone woes set to erode office rents in Central

    Posted Jul 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... triggered by the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis to push rentals down in the second half as corporates migrate to cheaper areas of Hong Kong. A Cushman and Wakefield study found that grade A office ... if the euro-zone crisis worsens. Siu said demand for bigger areas- those of more than 20,000 sq ft- remained weak in greater Central, and companies were still trying to save on rent, reflecting ...

  10. Signs that the euro-zone crisis is finally nearing its endgame

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tom Holland After almost two-and-a-half years in which Hong Kong's financial markets have been relentlessly whipsawed by developments in Europe, the euro crisis may finally be nearing its endgame. When European leaders get together today for an informal summit meeting, Germany will face calls from the euro area's other major economies, including France, to allow ...




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