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  1. Fewer buyers expected at electronics fair

    Posted Apr 14th 2009, 12:00am by Dennis Eng

    ... Development Council is trying to court first-time buyers from emerging markets such as India, Russia and the Middle East in an effort partially to offset the drop in buyers from developed countries. Brazilian buyer Fabiano Holzmann is attending the fair for the first time to source surveillance equipment such as closed-circuit television cameras. He said he was attracted by the lower prices ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/676755/fewer-buyers-expected-electronics-fair
  2. Home prices drop for first time since 2005

    Posted Jan 10th 2009, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... recovery was not expected until next year. Prices in the 70 cities started falling in August, the NDRC said. 'The growth pace year on year narrowed for months, but this is the first time ... worsening economic data, prospective buyers would hold off on buying property. CLSA said it supported the more bearish view. The firm said inventory levels in the market were running at about 12 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666422/home-prices-drop-first-time-2005
  3. No plans for starter loan scheme

    Posted Jan 08th 2009, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong There are no plans to resume the Home Starter Loan Scheme to help first-time buyers, Secretary for Transport and Housing Eva Cheng has said. She was responding to legislator ... years and pointed to other schemes for such buyers. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/666185/no-plans-starter-loan-scheme
  4. Vaugirard finally finds his feet to win for first time to complete Hall double

    Posted Dec 17th 2009, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... the highlight betting move of the night from 20-1 down to 9.7- but the best back story as he won for the first time at his seventh Hong Kong start. 'I bought Vaugirard out of the trials ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701529/vaugirard-finally-finds-his-feet-win-first-time-complete-hall-double
  5. Bill for 'unsolicited' text messages shocks first-time user, 67

    Posted Dec 19th 2009, 12:00am by Amy Nip

    ... Amy Nip The 67-year-old man was new to using a mobile phone. He soon got a shock: a HK$1,357 bill for text messages he had never asked to receive. The man, who prefers not to be named, is just one victim caught out by short messaging service (SMS) charges ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/701690/bill-unsolicited-text-messages-shocks-first-time-user-67
  6. Jobless rate drops for first time since the meltdown

    Posted Oct 20th 2009, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The unemployment rate has declined for the first time since the global financial crisis hit Hong Kong last autumn, but economists do not expect the trend to continue. It fell to 5.3 per cent for the months of July, August and September, 0.1 of a percentage point less than the rate in June, July and August, the Census and Statistics Department said. 'As business ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/695949/jobless-rate-drops-first-time-meltdown
  7. Kiwi pair win HK Classic first time out

    Posted Nov 30th 2009, 12:00am by Unus Alladin

    ... Unus Alladin New Zealand's Andrew Kelly and Richard Collett lifted the men's pairs title at the Hong Kong International Classic in their first attempt at Craigengower Cricket Club yesterday. The young Kiwi pair combined effectively to end the ho ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/699783/kiwi-pair-win-hk-classic-first-time-out
  8. PC shipments to drop for first time since 2001

    Posted Jul 16th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... for the first time since the dotcom boom went bust in 2001. Plunging desktop computer sales and generally lower spending on information technology by companies worldwide will result in a 4 per cent fall ... in the personal computer market,' said Mr Wilkins, noting that global laptop shipments would exceed those of desktops on an annual basis for the first time ever this year. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/686944/pc-shipments-drop-first-time-2001
  9. Consumer prices fall as deflation strikes for first time in five years

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

    ... Dennis Eng Consumer prices fell 0.3 per cent last month as Hong Kong experienced deflation for the first time after about five years of rising prices, government data shows. Prices had increased 0.4 per cent year on year in June. Including the impact of one-off relief measures, such as the government's subsidy on electricity bills, prices declined further by 1.5 per cent last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/690260/consumer-prices-fall-deflation-strikes-first-time-five-years
  10. Shenzhen wages slip first time in 10 years

    Posted Jul 22nd 2009, 12:00am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang Shenzhen salaries have dropped for the first time in a decade as the global financial crisis and tougher labour laws hit earnings in one of the mainland's richest cities. The municipal government's Labour and Social Security Department cut the average wage benchmark, compiled from polling salaries across 20 industries, by 3.8 per cent to 2,750 yuan (HK$3,120) ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/687570/shenzhen-wages-slip-first-time-10-years

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