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  1. First-time UK buyers take out huge loans

    Posted Jul 28th 2004, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Richard Warren Typical mortgages are three times earnings level as experts warn of slowdown British first-time buyers are taking out mortgages three times the size of their earnings, ... first-time buyer crept over three times income for the first time [last month]'. Total lending for house purchases reached its highest monthly figure of GBP13.6 billion (HK$194.31 billion), 40 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/464488/first-time-uk-buyers-take-out-huge-loans
  2. Mainland car sales slip for first time this year

    Posted Oct 21st 2004, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... vehicles Eric Ng Decline is blamed on tighter credit and buyers holding out for lower prices The mainland's passenger car sales posted their first year-on-year decline of the year ... government's tightening of bank credit to car buyers and consumer anticipation of more price cuts when lower import tariffs come into effect next year in accordance with the mainland's commitment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/474961/mainland-car-sales-slip-first-time-year
  3. Minority families join the queue for first time

    Posted Jun 06th 2004, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy Families of ethnic minorities yesterday for the first time took part in the central allocation system for Chinese-language primary schools. Filipino mother-of-three Elizabeth Munir said she was pleased her oldest daughter had been allocated her second choice- Holy Angels Canossian School in Hunghom, which is only a few minutes' walk from their home. Mrs Munir, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/458386/minority-families-join-queue-first-time
  4. For the first time, the law is supreme in China

    Posted Mar 23rd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... emperors and government officials have always put themselves above the law, and they could change laws on a whim. This is the first time in Chinese history, except during the short period that Dr ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/449318/first-time-law-supreme-china
  5. For the first time, HK voters elect their leader

    Posted Apr 11th 2004, 12:00am by Mary Ann, Mary Ann Benitez

    ... Mary Ann Benitez Thousands of voters in Hong Kong begin casting their ballots today in an historic election which will see them choose both their leader and the men and women who will sit in their legislature. No, Beijing hasn't performed an overnight U-turn on political reform. It is some of Hong Kong's 88,000 expatriate Filipinos who will begin voting for the first time as overseas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/451728/first-time-hk-voters-elect-their-leader
  6. Deficit up for first time in four months, but target is in sight

    Posted Apr 01st 2004, 12:00am by Kelvin Chan

    ... Kelvin Chan Hong Kong's budget deficit rose in February for the first time in four months, the government said yesterday. It increased to $52.9 billion at the end of February from $45 billion the month before. Financial Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen estimated in his budget speech a month ago that the deficit for the financial year, which ended yesterday, would come in at $49 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/450625/deficit-first-time-four-months-target-sight
  7. For the first time, a match made in nirvana

    Posted Mar 21st 2004, 12:00am by Raymond Ma

    ... Raymond Ma Chanted sutras, not Mendelssohn's Wedding March, were the accompaniment of choice yesterday for Hong Kong's first legal marriage in a Buddhist temple. Fanling's Kun Chung Temple was recognised as a marriage venue last month, and ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/449129/first-time-match-made-nirvana
  8. MPF investments pay off for first time since launch

    Posted Jan 17th 2004, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu A strong stock market gave a boost to employees' pension investments with an average return of 19.21 per cent last year, marking the first profitable year since the Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) was introduced in 2000. Pension providers sa ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/441537/mpf-investments-pay-first-time-launch
  9. Do You Remember the First Time

    Posted Nov 07th 2004, 12:00am by Diana McPartlin

    ... Compiled by Diana McPartlin Do You Remember the First Time by Jenny Colgan HarperCollins $90 After making a wish during the cutting of a wedding cake, 32-year-old Flora wakes up the next ... Flora throws herself back into teenage life. At school she finds that she's as unpopular now as the first time around. She can't understand text messaging and finds schoolyard politics ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/477183/do-you-remember-first-time
  10. Guangdong trade breaks US$300b for first time

    Posted Dec 16th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Leu Siew Ying in Guangzhou Guangdong's trade has exceeded US$300 billion a year for the first time, doing so in the first 11 months of this year. It rose 25.8 per cent year on year to US$319 billion, accounting for 30.7 per cent of the nation's total trade, customs statistics showed. Exports rose to US$169.46 billion. The figure for the whole of last year was US$152.94 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/482332/guangdong-trade-breaks-us300b-first-time

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