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  1. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong retail sales slump by 3.1pc in July as consumers scrimp on luxury

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 05:54pm by Amy Nip

    ... with sales of cosmetics and medicine picking up 14.3 per cent year on year. Retail Management Association chairwoman Caroline Mak Sui-king said political uncertainty would rock the boat from now ... The association maintains an optimistic forecast of 3 per cent sales growth for the full year. The Federation of Hong Kong Hotel Owners also noted the political factor, saying bookings this month had been ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1581472/hong-kong-retail-sales-slump-31pc-july-consumers-scrimp-luxury
  2. News - China - ECONOMY

    Guangdong talks up role in ‘maritime Silk Road’ to boost trade with Asean

    Posted Aug 28th 2014, 04:45am by Andrea Chen

    ... headquarters in Asean countries. The total volume of the province's trade with Asean nations rose 10.7 per cent year-on-year last year, to US$102.2 billion. This accounted for 23 per cent ... is the foundation for us to reach consensus and find solutions for our conflicts," Li said. Zhong Jian, an economics expert at Shenzhen University, said having a greater focus on Southeast Asia would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1581360/guangdong-talks-role-maritime-silk-road-boost-trade-asean
  3. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong Monetary Authority chief Norman Chan adds to gloom on economy

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 11:28pm by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy patsy.moy@scmp.com Norman Chan says higher rates in US may spur capital flight in region and hurt city HKMA chief adds to gloom on economy Hong Kong's de facto central bank ... economic outlook, which is already clouded by political turmoil, stubbornly high home prices and sluggish retail sales. In the Hong Kong Monetary Authority's bulletin yesterday, Chan warned ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571643/hong-kong-monetary-authority-chief-norman-chan-adds-gloom-economy
  4. News - China - ECONOMY

    Cut taxes to boost the economy, urges China's second richest man Zong Qinghou

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:35pm by Kathy Gao

    ... are poor, the country cannot be strong Zong Qinghou, Wahaha chairman The businessman, who is worth US$11.2 billion, according to the latest Forbes China Rich List, said the government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1580537/chinas-second-richest-man-zong-qinghou-tells-government-tax-cuts-will
  5. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Changing tides could shift focus from China to Africa

    Posted Aug 25th 2014, 03:33am by JUNE SUN

    ... African economies. US President Barack Obama hosted African leaders at a US- Africa summit in Washington this month, signalling growing US interest in investing in Africa. Trade between China and Africa reached a record US$210 billion last year, up from US$18 billion in 2003, a nearly twelvefold increase. Of this, Chinese exports to Africa accounted for about 44 per cent. "The ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/economy/article/1580413/changing-tides-could-shift-focus-china-africa
  6. News - China - ECONOMY

    Top Communist Party official's inclusion on task force reflects China's economic concerns

    Posted Aug 21st 2014, 05:02am by Cary Huang

    ... and Securities Institute, said Liu's inclusion suggested the need for more cooperation and coordination in economic management among departments. Ma Guoxian, a political economist with the Shanghai ... But Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese politics and director of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre, said that Liu, once considered a rank outsider to get into the inner circle ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1577934/top-communist-party-officials-inclusion-task-force-reflects-chinas
  7. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Forecasts for Hong Kong growth downbeat

    Posted Aug 19th 2014, 04:18am by Arthur Chan

    ... real interest rate remains the single biggest factor determining real estate prices". Economists say political turmoil over electoral reforms for the 2017 chief executive election and the Occupy Central movement has yet to affect the second quarter. Leung said the current economy seemed unaffected. Conversely, chaos in global politics would draw capital to politically more stable ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1576268/forecasts-hong-kong-growth-downbeat
  8. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    John Tsang Chun-wah warns of 'perfect storm' from protests

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 06:10am by NG KANG-CHUNG

    ... to extreme acts in their fight for universal suffrage, warning that political uncertainty could increase the risk of an economic crisis. Tsang also said Hong Kong's economic outlook ... who oppose such tactics. Tsang warned that an economic slowdown coupled with political uncertainty could bring about "a perfect financial economic storm", one that would "offer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1570817/john-tsang-chun-wah-warns-perfect-storm-protests
  9. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Don't get burnt on hot money flowing into Hong Kong, investors warned

    Posted Aug 12th 2014, 11:51pm by Enoch Yiu

    ... Enoch Yiu enoch.yiu@scmp.com Don't get burnt, say officials as billions flowing in ahead of cross-border stock scheme could leave due to poor outlook and US rate rise Hot money ... to bet on the stock market could leave just as quickly due to a poor economic outlook and fears of a US interest rate rise. "The government will keep a close eye on the risks of fund flows ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1572450/dont-get-burned-hot-money-flowing-hong-kong-investors-warned
  10. News - Hong Kong - ECONOMY

    Hong Kong to lower annual economic growth forecast on Friday, says John Tsang

    Posted Aug 11th 2014, 02:22pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... could cause a “perfect financial and economic storm” when combined with sluggish growth. Tsang said that international “crocodiles” – Cantonese slang for hedge funds – could seize on political ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1571292/hong-kong-will-lower-annual-economic-growth-forecast-friday-says-john

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