Credit Agricole tips yuan's rise to slow next year

The yuan will appreciate at a slower pace next year amid concerns about Europe's spiralling debt crisis and its impact on the region's trade with China, says Credit Agricole.

Friday, 9 December, 2011, 12:00am

More economic tightening likely as inflation 'tiger' strains on leash

China's rare trade deficit in the first quarter underlined thriving growth but also the rising problem of inflation, which could portend more economic tightening in the coming months.

12 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Policymakers grappling with inflation monster

Mainland stocks rose yesterday, led by banks and developers on speculation the government will ease policies to fight inflation after decision-makers dropped a reference to 'tight' monetary policy in a statement.

SCMP, July 28

30 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Long-term view needed in fight against inflation

Less than a week after the government announced its latest relief package, it turns out that inflation is worse than expected. The consumer price index for June rose 6.1 per cent from a year ago, well above most estimates of a figure closer to May's 5.7 per cent. The underlying inflation rate was just as bad, with no special circumstances to explain the jump.

22 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Inflation fight may spark shift in Hanoi

For anyone interested in the wider cause of reform in Vietnam, Hanoi's intensifying struggle against inflation is worth close scrutiny.

Prices rose 19.4 per cent from March 2007 to March this year and the government's response so far is providing an intriguing glimpse into the mindset of the Communist Party leadership.

12 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Inflation threatens privileged generation

For a sign of Vietnam's long and bitter experience of inflation, you only have to survey a selection of its banknotes. A crisp, green 100,000 dong note may pack a certain gravitas at first glance but it is worth just over US$6. And that doesn't go far on a night out in a Hanoi, which is catching up fast on its regional competitors.

15 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Fighting inflation harder than it looks

Yesterday's news that China's inflation rate has risen to 8.7 per cent, its highest since May 1996, should have surprised no one. But although the increase was predictable, deciding what to do about it remains as tricky for Beijing as ever.

12 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Cold snap leaves Beijing on thin ice

Astring of reports in recent days has focused on the economic damage likely to be wrought by the bad weather affecting much of southern China.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Prices are likely to rise, but the sting won't be severe

With Hong Kong's inflation rate expected to tick higher when the figure for November is released later today, fears are growing that the city may be about to return to the bad old days of the mid-1990s, when price rises hit double-digit rates.

Happily, things are unlikely to get that bad despite a glut of grim forecasts from economists.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

PBOC battles liquidity with eighth rise in reserves

The People's Bank of China on Saturday raised the amount of money banks must keep in reserve for the eighth time this year, the latest in a series of vain attempts to soak up excess liquidity swilling around the mainland economy.

16 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Grim tidings

Weary resignation is the typical foreign response to news that Japan remains stuck in an economic mire with no ready escape. Yesterday's confirmation that it has entered recession for the second time in four years is no exception. Yet to ignore the risk posed by a failing Japan to the world and Asian financial stability in particular would be foolhardy.

8 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

No tears for the merchants, please

The first thing to do with the latest inflation report showing an easing of the decline in our consumer prices is to put it in a regional context. In an economy as externally orientated as ours, you cannot look at domestic influences alone as being the determining trend of inflation.

25 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Higher money supply aims to boost growth

The mainland's central bank plans to increase money supply to support state-sector reforms and boost the faltering economy in the fourth quarter after figures revealed money supply growth had slowed dramatically at the end of last month.

16 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

October inflation steady

ITALIAN inflation in October was steady at 5.8 per cent on a 12-month comparison, and prices showed an increase of 0.5 per cent from the figure for September, according to final official figures released yesterday.

The figures from the Istat statistical office were in line with provisional figures published two weeks ago.

7 Nov 1995 - 12:00am

Inflation fears rise as outside factors kick in

DESPITE a slump in retail demand and the highest unemployment rate for nearly a decade, Hong Kong's inflation continues to rise.

Economists in the territory are busy revising upwards their January estimates.

A consensus of about 8.5 per cent is beginning to creep up to nine per cent, with indications that it could be even higher.

23 May 1995 - 12:00am