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  1. Property - Hong Kong & China - REGULATION

    Beating the bid-riggers: Angry homeowners use competition law to battle price-fixing

    Posted Sep 15th 2014, 04:43am by Benjamin Robertson, Elaine Yau

    ... Benjamin Robertson and Elaine Yau A group of disgruntled HK homeowners is harnessing competition law to battle inflated costs from manipulated construction tenders Beating the bid-riggers ... bidding process and artificially inflate costs. Size is irrelevant when it comes to illicit money making and major multinationals are as game as anyone else. “The magnitude of the problem goes ...

  2. Property - International - BRITAIN

    Scottish independence could boost London property market

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 05:52am by Bloomberg

    ... twice the national average. As rampant inflation pushed more buyers in the capital to take out larger mortgages, the Bank of England put curbs on risky lending in June to prevent a buildup ...

  3. Business - Economy

    German contraction a danger to fragile euro-zone recovery

    Posted Sep 02nd 2014, 12:38am by BLOOM

    ... of deflation in the currency bloc. He signalled that declining inflation expectations could tip the ECB into broad-based asset purchases, an option officials may discuss at this week's ... into a 'lowflation' trap with annual growth and inflation rates stuck between zero and 1 per cent. The ECB probably won't act this time, but I expect Draghi to reiterate his Jackson-Hole message." ...

  4. Business - Economy - MACROSCOPE

    European economy weak due to lack of competitiveness

    Posted Sep 16th 2014, 03:23am by Bloomberg

    ... of this stagnating labour productivity, Europe's low inflation is the "bad" kind: prices are not going down because manufacturing is getting cheaper, but because there is not enough demand. ...

  5. Inflation as bitter medicine

    Posted Mar 08th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... inflation. It is difficult to predict how high the reserve requirement rate will be, but interest rates in comparison have more room to be raised while a one-off revaluation of the renminbi exchange rate remains an unlikely event this year. Inflation has been a hot topic in China. Current inflation (around 5 per cent) has a very different dynamic from previous bouts. In the summer of 2008, ...

  6. Business - Comment

    Emerging-market acronyms are misleading and unhelpful

    Posted Sep 05th 2014, 01:19am by NICHOLAS SPIRO

    ... per cent of GDP, its central bank has lost inflation-fighting credibility, unlike its Indian and Indonesian counterparts, which have regained it. Turkey's central bank has been cutting interest rates despite a surge in inflation to 9.3 per cent in July. As for South Africa, whose economy has been flirting with recession and which is still reeling from a five-month mining strike ...

  7. Firms upbeat amid inflation fears

    Posted Feb 18th 2011, 12:00am by Amanda Lee

    ... Amanda Lee Mainland executives are still confident about the domestic economy and will consider takeovers this year despite growing concerns about rising inflation and tightening credit, ... and were good at containing costs, their concern this year would be managing inflation-related costs, Partridge said. Inflation last year was 4.6 per cent, or 2.1 per cent excluding food ...

  8. Inflation curbs stay as a top priority

    Posted Mar 07th 2011, 12:00am by Cary Huang

    ... Beijing's recent measures to curb inflation, including administrative price controls and boosting the supply of basic goods, had already achieved a notable effect. 'We have confidence in our capability to keep prices at a stable level,' said Zhang, who also noted the country's ample grain reserve. Inflation is among the government's greatest concerns, as Premier Wen Jiabao ...

  9. Asia's inflation trap puts growth at risk

    Posted Feb 01st 2011, 12:00am by Stephen Roach

    ... Stephen Roach Asia has an inflation problem. The sooner it comes to grips with it, the better. Regrettably, the appropriate sense of urgency is missing. Willingness to tackle inflation ... an aggressive stand for price stability. That needs to change- before it is too late. Excluding Japan, which remains mired in deflation, Asian inflation rose to 5.3 per cent in the 12 months ending last ...

  10. Mainland won't face an inflation crisis: strategist

    Posted Jan 14th 2011, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... Celine Sun in Beijing China will have slightly higher structural inflation in coming years but rapid growth in incomes and the economy mean an inflation crisis is not looming, according ... and other natural resources like water to domestic enterprises and consumers. Inflation pressure has been mounting on the mainland, with the consumer price index hitting a 28-month high of 5.1 per ...




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