Wen warns of more economoic hardship

Premier Wen Jiabao has conceded the mainland's economy has yet to see a sustained rebound and may face a prolonged period of hardship.

Monday, 16 July, 2012, 12:00am

GDP growth falls on weak demand

The mainland's economic growth dipped below 8 per cent in the second quarter, the weakest quarterly performance in three years, adding more pressure on the government to stimulate demand.

14 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Megachange: The World in 2050 (The Economist)

Megachange: The World in 2050 (The Economist) edited by D. Franklin, John Andrews The Economist

This book looks at our world 38 years from now. That's 38 orbits of the sun. The age at which a person is entering the suburbs of middle age. Half a lifetime.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

Stagflation warning as expansion slows

Hongkongers have been warned to prepare for tough times after year-on-year economic growth fell to just 0.4 per cent in the first quarter - its lowest level in more than two years.

12 May 2012 - 12:00am

Improvement seen in mainland manufacturing

Manufacturing activity on the mainland climbed to a two-month high - further evidence that the worst of the slowdown is over for the world's second-biggest economy.

A 'flash' purchasing managers' index (PMI) compiled by HSBC/Markit Economics - an economic indicator published before official data is released on May 1 - rose to 49.1 this month, from 48.3 last month.

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am


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1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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Delegates not impressed with 'wages for housewives' idea

Who says CPPCC meetings are boring? Before the annual session of the top political advisory body opened yesterday, a delegate had already raised a few eyebrows by calling on fellow male members to 'pay your wives for doing housework'.

4 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Industrial firms' decline in profit eases to 17.3pc

The sharp contraction in earnings at mainland industrial companies abated in the first seven months of the year, boosting hopes for a turnaround for the rest of the year.

29 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Are you well-read?

1 The last novel you read was ...

a. on your school syllabus

b. on The New York Times best-seller list

c. in the 1990s

2 Your bookcase is ...

a. filled with CDs and games

b. filled with an eclectic mix of books

c. what does eclectic mean?

25 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Worst may be over on jobs front, poll shows

There are early signs that the worst could be over on the employment front in the city's financial sector.

A survey by Morgan McKinley shows modest growth in some areas, but economists caution it is too soon to bank on a sustained jobs recovery.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

Poor given vouchers

Hundreds of low-income residents in Chengdu , Sichuan , received 100 yuan (HK$113) municipal government vouchers on Monday to spend at supermarkets and chain stores as part of government efforts to boost consumption.

17 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Boosting consumption and jobs top priority

Policymakers at the ongoing three-day national economic work conference were expected to aim at boosting economic growth by stimulating household consumption and creating more jobs, economists said.

10 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Foreign investment growth eases to 35.1pc

Foreign direct investment on the mainland rose 35.1 per cent year on year in the first 10 months of this year to US$81.1 billion, the Ministry of Commerce said yesterday.

It gave no figures for last month, but the growth rate was down from the 39.9 per cent rise in January to September.

13 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Forecasts for mainland growth cut below 10pc

Economists have trimmed their forecasts for the mainland's economic growth this year to less than 10 per cent, after the country reported a sharper than expected slowdown for the third quarter on Monday.

22 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Credit controls slow mainland's industrial output growth to 17.3pc

The mainland's industrial output grew at the slowest pace this year last month as a wave of tightening measures poured cold water on the sizzling economy.

The 17.3 per cent year-on-year expansion compared with 17.9 per cent growth in October, 18.9 per cent in September and the year's peak of 19.4 per cent in June, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am