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Global economy

The mad economic cost of Japan and China's sovereignty row

Can China and Japan really be contemplating the madness of going to war over who owns a tiny string of uninhabited rocky islets far from anywhere in the East China Sea?

Wednesday, 24 October, 2012, 4:01am

Debate stance on China shows cynicism of two US candidates

It is hard to know which was more hurtful to the "feelings of the Chinese people": that both candidates in yesterday's US presidential debate took such a combative stance towards China, or that they spent so little time doing it.

24 Oct 2012 - 4:01am 4 comments

Uncertainties over central bank policies take shine off carry trade

The US$4 trillion-a-day foreign-exchange market is losing confidence in central banks' abilities to boost a struggling world economy.

23 Oct 2012 - 4:26am

Chinese outbound tourism growing rapidly

They may seem worlds apart but the story of Swiss-made watches and mainland China's insatiable hunger for these quality timepieces tells us something about the world we live in and the future global tourist.

21 Oct 2012 - 4:42am

Canton Fair not all gloom and doom

His factory has been robbed, he cannot move around in public without armed guards, and the business climate couldn't be more alien. Yet, Zheng Yongjiang believes that moving some of his production lines to Angola is one of the smartest things he ever did.

19 Oct 2012 - 3:33am

The nature of surging sales in luxury goods

Despite the global economic crisis, sales of luxury goods are surging worldwide. Why? While marketing has contributed to the rise, the market's robust growth is actually rooted in biology.

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am 1 comment

Global slowdown erodes profits at technology firms

The global economic slowdown is prompting companies to curtail technology spending and pushing consumers to favour mobile devices such as Apple's iPhone over personal computers, eroding profitability at Intel and trimming sales for International Business Machines.

18 Oct 2012 - 4:47am

Economic woes dampen Canton Fair opening

It was a hot late-summer day in Guangzhou yesterday but some traders might have felt the chill from the global economy on the opening day of the Canton Fair.

Some domestic exporters are worried that a possible drop in the number of buyers this year will add to the difficulties in an already hard year, particularly as demand from Europe refuses to pick up.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

Tired ideas won't save ailing Western economies

Over the past 20 years, nearly everyone seems to have become an economics expert. Discussions about complex economic theories, once reserved for dusty lecture halls in elite universities, are now heard all over Hong Kong. The bars in Central echo with arguments about growth rates, deflationary spirals and cures for unemployment.

15 Oct 2012 - 1:53am 3 comments

China's 9.9pc export growth eases fears of sharper global downturn

China's exports grew more than expected in September, temporarily easing worries of a sharper downturn in the global economy, though analysts warned the pickup might not be sustainable.

14 Oct 2012 - 9:36am