Fans of outsiders laughing all the way to the bank

If you're one of the many with the sneaking suspicion this season's results have been very different from last season's, then you are bang on the money.

Wednesday, 11 July, 2012, 12:00am

Single and satisfied, women say

TVB's 'reality' show Brides Wannabe has triggered an outcry from people who say it belittles single women by labelling them 'leftover women'.

That criticism is echoed by most of the single women surveyed by a political party. The Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB) asked 180 women about their love life.

26 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

DBS posts S$807m in profit on increased fees and loan growth

Southeast Asia's biggest lender, DBS Group Holdings, yesterday posted record quarterly net profits of S$807 million (HK$5.1 billion), up 19 per cent from the previous quarter and beating market expectations.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

China set to overtake US in research rankings

China has replaced Japan as the world's second leading producer of scientific research and is on course to overtake the United States in two years' time, a top British academy says.

The report released by the Royal Society in London is based on the publication data of scientific research papers published in recognised international journals between 1999-03 and 2004-08.

30 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Hiring predicted to be strongest on record

The final quarter of last year was a time to celebrate for job-seekers, as companies stepped up hiring through the holiday season. But based on a report by one of the city's oldest-established recruitment firms, the recently released figures may soon be dwarfed by those for the present quarter, which is fast shaping up as the strongest on record.

26 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Tang's support rating slumps after remarks on 'radical' 20-somethings

Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen recorded his lowest approval rate since taking up the post in 2007, a Chinese University poll shows.

His approval rate stood at 49.4 points out of 100, a 2.7 point decline from the previous poll last month. Tang drew widespread criticism last month when he said the political activism of the so-called post-80s generation was too radical.

1 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Times Square hits record HK$7.4b sales as tourists, locals flock in

Retail sales at Times Square shopping mall surged more than 20 per cent to a record HK$7.4 billion last year, with mainlanders accounting for more than one-third of receipts.

'We expect the sales revenues to climb up by 10 per cent to 15 per cent this year,' the mall's director, Leng Yen-thean, said.

22 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Some stimulus loans at risk, executives say

A survey of senior Asian executives has found that most expect some of the money lent out through China's mammoth stimulus package may never be recovered.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Young maths whiz learned his sums buying stocks

Mervyn Tong Ho-wang cut his teeth in the stock market when he was in Primary Three. That was when his father gave him HK$64,000 to buy Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing shares at HK$129.90.

7 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

market watch

Doctors are in demand again

The Hospital Authority is planning to recruit 300 doctors in the coming year, Sing Tao Daily reports. But Professor Raymond Liang Hin-suen, president of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine, says it will be difficult to fill all the vacancies, with about 250 medical students graduating this year.

21 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

China by the numbers: data to suit a political agenda

Outsiders are fond of studying the mainland by the numbers. Every day tonnes of data are churned out for you to understand this country.

So how good are you with numbers from the mainland? Take a test.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Clear Media net rises on strong economy

A combination of a robust economy and an advertising boost from the World Expo in Shanghai and the forthcoming Guangzhou Asian Games saw interim earnings at Clear Media, the country's largest outdoor media company, soar 170 per cent.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Mortgage repayment for smaller flats tops 45pc of income

Flats in the mass market have become much less affordable in the past six months. The mortgage repayment to income ratio has increased from about 30 per cent last year to more than 45 per cent this month, Monetary Authority statistics show.

15 May 2010 - 12:00am

HK out of tune: poll

Hongkongers no longer see their city as a harmonious society amid deepening conflicts, according to a study by Chinese University.

12 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Fears rise over city's fraying social bonds

Hong Kong people no longer find their city a harmonious society, according to a Chinese University study.

9 Apr 2010 - 12:00am