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  1. Business - Economy

    Private schools, dental visits fuel Australian inflation, pushing interest rate cuts off the table

    Posted Feb 03rd 2014, 03:18pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Sydney The laudable desire of Australians to be well educated and healthy is proving an expensive one, as escalating costs add to inflationary pressures even as the broader ... The central bank might also have to ratchet back the rhetorical campaign for a weaker local currency given the risk higher prices for imported goods could further fuel inflation. “Higher near-term ...

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    Party like it's 2007 again? Don't hold your breath

    Posted Mar 26th 2014, 01:30pm by DAVID DODWELL

    ... hard, forced shutdowns of factories reliant on low-cost labour, intensified focus on productivity and efficiency improvements, and driven a shift into higher-technology, higher ...

  3. Business - Money

    Stronger yuan to bring Hong Kong higher food prices

    Posted Nov 03rd 2012, 12:00am by Celine Sun, Charlotte So, Lulu Chen, Denise Tsang

    ... Staff Reporters The stronger mainland currency will certainly provide bargains for tourists from the north, but its effect will hit Hongkongers in the wallet Mixed yuan blessings Get ready for rising food and petrol prices, and the number of mainland tour ...

  4. Business - Economy - THAI ECONOMY

    Thai inflation higher than expected

    Posted Oct 03rd 2012, 02:49pm

    ... of 0.5-3.0 per cent and sets monetary policy to achieve that. “September’s inflation was higher than expected, but due partly to the last year’s favourable base effect,” said Usara Wilaipich, senior ... the higher-than-expected figures on both headline and core CPI will give the monetary policy committee a headache at the next meeting because on the one hand we see slowing exports and, on the other, rising ...

  5. Are mainland prices higher than in U.S?

    Posted Sep 19th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing cary.huang@scmp.com Have prices of some consumer goods on the mainland outpaced those in the United States? The findings of an informal survey by a mainland newspapers suggest that may be the case. Last week, the Guangzhou-based Yang ...

  6. Higher ground

    Posted Aug 08th 2011, 12:00am

    ... for both the political and economic good. Higher interest rates would reduce social tensions since the poor tend to have a greater proportion of their wealth in bank deposits. So why not reintroduce interest rate liberalisation, since higher rates would follow as banks compete for deposits? More normalised rates of return would gradually deflate certain 'bubbles'. But, ...

  7. Higher power prices, profits seen

    Posted Feb 10th 2011, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... of profits. The industry saw generating capacity grow faster than demand between 2005 and 2009, which led to falling plant utilisation. Lower utilisation is bad for profits, since higher fixed costs ...

  8. Think tank forecasts 10pc growth but higher inflation

    Posted Dec 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Mandy Zuo in Beijing Mainland economic growth and inflation are likely to edge higher next year, putting pressure on officials charged with maintaining stability in the world's ... to be between 7 and 8 trillion yuan. Weak agricultural yields, rising labour costs and blind investment by local governments would all contribute to higher inflation, he said. The Blue Book also ...

  9. Surging prices fuel fears of higher rates

    Posted Mar 12th 2010, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Cary Huang in Beijing The mainland could be hit with a rise in interest rates within weeks after a surge in food prices pushed inflation higher than expected. The consumer price index, ... are now expecting further policy tightening sooner rather than later, with either a rise in banks' required reserves, higher interest rates or even a resumption in the yuan's ...

  10. Wu calls for higher reserve ratio for banks

    Posted Jul 24th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai in Beijing Deposit reserve ratio requirements for mainland banks should be raised to prevent excessive lending causing asset bubbles, a Chinese lawmaker and ex-central banker says. Wu Xiaoling, a deputy director of the finance committee of the Na ...




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