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  1. Business - China Business - TRADE

    Higher quality trumps higher prices at Canton Fair

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:17am by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang in Guangzhou denise.tsang@scmp.com Canton Fair moves up value chain Nikola Cubrilo settles for a higher price for a set of bathroom shower hoses at the Canton Fair ... at the previous Canton Fair was less evident this year, in view of the higher quality products and wider range of new products, according to some buyers. "Products are of better quality, ...

  2. Business - China Business - EXPORTS

    Higher quality trumps higher prices at Canton Fair

    Posted Apr 17th 2014, 01:29pm by Denise Tsang

    ... Denise Tsang in Guangzhou denise.tsang@scmp.com Nikola Cubrilo settles for a higher price for a set of bathroom water hoses at the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, satisfied with the marked ... of the higher-quality products and a wider range of new models, according to some buyers. “Products are of better quality, but of course they are more expensive,” said New Zealand-based importer, Tim Peters, ...

  3. Business - Companies

    Fast Retailing cuts profit forecast on higher costs, waning Japan demand

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 12:59am by BLOOM

    ... Bloomberg in Tokyo Japan's Fast sees profits hurt by waning demand Fast Retailing, Asia's biggest clothing retailer, has cut its forecast for annual profit as costs rise and demand for its casual wear weakens in Japan. Net income will be about 8 ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Japan braces for era of higher taxes as costs of ageing society rise

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 11:53pm by Julian Ryall

    ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo Japanese consumers bring forward purchases of big-ticket items ahead of sales-tax rise today as government attempts to make dent in nation's debt Spending like there's no tomorrow   Kanako Hosomura has been working on a dea ...

  5. Business - Economy - LABOUR

    Chinese graduates deepen hi-tech inroads

    Posted Apr 18th 2014, 01:17am by BLOOM

    ... million Chinese this year will graduate from college, up from 1.1 million in 2001. By 2020, China's college-educated talent pool is expected to number 195 million people, more than the entire ... to worry about: a generation of workers able to compete in higher-technology endeavours. The aim is to develop service industries and shift from producing simple exports- often assembled from parts ...

  6. Business - Comment - MR. SHANGKONG

    Overseas study offers young education on foreign policy

    Posted Mar 24th 2014, 04:45am by George Chen

    ... offers young education on foreign policy US first lady Michelle Obama is absolutely right about the importance of overseas education, and that is exactly what the sons and daughters of many ... institution on Saturday, Obama said overseas education would allow students from the United States and China to gain a better understanding of the host country and could help convince them ...

  7. Business - Banking & Finance - BANKING

    HSBC targets higher lending margins

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 05:59am by KANIS LI

    ... Kanis Li kanis.li@scmp.com HSBC targets higher lending margins HSBC is eyeing higher margins in its Hong Kong lending operations this year amid a tightening of market liquidity due to the tapering of quantitative easing and stricter liquidity requirements of the local regulator. The leading bank in the city, which saw 13 per cent growth in loans last year, aims to maintain ...

  8. Business - Banking & Finance - INSURANCE

    Chinese tourists buy 16pc of life insurance sold in Hong Kong

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 10:08am by Enoch Yiu

    ... but also to buy life insurance products. This is because the insurance products offered here have more features and higher returns compared with what are on offer across the border," Chan said. Savings-type life insurance policies in Hong Kong can usually deliver 4 to 5 per cent annual returns, higher than the 1 to 2 per cent offered by mainland policies. In addition, mainland ...

  9. Business - Economy

    No pain, no gain for Spain

    Posted Apr 21st 2014, 01:23am by DAVID BROWN

    ... teetering on the edge of default, Spain's sovereign borrowing costs have fallen to record lows, thanks to Spanish debt being in high demand from investors hungry for higher yielding assets. ... the deficit continues to widen without tougher austerity policies being implemented- meaning higher taxes and bigger spending cuts are looming. Spain has pledged to reduce its public sector shortfall ...

  10. Business - Economy

    Mixed bag as SOE profits grow 3.3pc

    Posted Apr 19th 2014, 01:09am by Eric Ng

    ... due to higher sales volume, lower steel-smelting raw material prices and higher cement prices. "Reflecting our forecasts for higher sales volume and profit margin expansion, we expect ...




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