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Haier bounces into black with HK$262m profit

Haier Electronics Group, a leading manufacturer of washing machines and water heaters in the mainland, has rebounded to a net profit of HK$262.3 million for last year from a HK$363.7 million loss a year earlier after it sold its loss-making mobile handset unit.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2007, 12:00am

Bosses to go back to building homes

Move is part of initiative to provide affordable housing

Guangzhou is poised to become the first mainland city to reintroduce a controversial housing scheme that allows employers to build affordable homes for their workers.

The municipal government has yet to set a timeframe for the reintroduction of the scheme, scrapped nearly a decade ago.

27 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Hamper index confirms Hong Kong's robust economic performance

To add a bit of festive taste to this financial column, White Collar has chosen a subject that fuses Christmas hamper sales and the economic cycle.

According to Michael Tsui, co-founder of Cova in Hong Kong and the guest of our Boxing Day podcast, there is definitely a link between sales of the overflowing food parcels and our economic figures.

26 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Westlife even get dads and boyfriends tapping along

Westlife

Asia World Expo

One night only

Why do pop bands always demand the audience scream about how much fun they are having?

In Westlife's case it must be because they can see all the boyfriends, husbands and fathers sitting, arms folded, wishing they were on the couch at home, beer in hand, watching the football.

10 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

From shadowy obscurity to five minutes of dubious fame

So what is the world to make of John Mark Karr? The 41-year-old school teacher lurched out of a Bangkok back alley on August 16 with a confession, saying he was involved in the death 10 years ago in Boulder, Colorado, of six-year-old beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

2 Sep 2006 - 12:00am

Stanley Court

{Southern comfort}

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Net Profit

Whether they're looking for a lamp or a chaise-longue, smart shoppers are turning to the internet for their furniture. Just check the small print before you click.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

And so to bed

YOU SPEND EIGHT hours a day in bed - that's one third of your life. The perfect bedding can make the difference between a night of tossing and turning and one of sweet dreams. But with so many sheets and pillows from which to choose and buzzwords such as 'thread count' and 'Egyptian cotton' ringing in your ears, buying a set of sheets can be more difficult than it seems.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

The art of bed-making

The art of bed-making

Rico Cheung Hing-Chuen, director of housekeeping at the Four Seasons hotel, Hong Kong demonstrates how the professionals do it.

Step 1

A firm yet plush pillow-top mattress stacked on a supportive box spring is covered with an oversize flat sheet - flat stays tauter than fitted - which is tucked in with hospital corners.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Linen Online

Linen Online

Westin Store (www.westin-hotelsathome.com)

Couldn't get enough of the Heavenly bed during your last visit to the Westin? No matter. Purchase the bed - and the hotel's entire range of Heavenly linen - online and relive your stay.

2 Jun 2006 - 12:00am