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Goldman Sachs upbeat on Malaysia

Goldman Sachs has reaffirmed its bullish view on the Malaysian economy, citing the country's participation in the regional export recovery, strong recovery in the private sector capital expenditure (capex) in the third quarter and expectations of bank lending growth to accelerate sharply next year.

CEO Outlook - Three sons driving growth

Three corporate captains featured in Thursday's CEO Outlook series: Datuk Nazir Razak of CIMB, Datuk Lee Oi Han of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Bhd (KLK) and Carl Bek-Nielsen of United Plantations Bhd (UP) - scions of Malaysia's most prominent families

Bank CEOs see better year ahead

i>StarBiz/italks to Datuk Amirsham A. Aziz, Piyush Gupta and Tan Sri Teh Hong Piow

Higher ratings for toll operators

HIGHER traffic volumes, better business fundamentals and sounder financial structures are giving the bonds issued by toll road operators higher ratings.

Markets tumble across Asia

STOCK markets in Asia tumbled yesterday as investor sentiment was dampened by worries about the region's economic prospects in the face of the US dollar's continued weakness and Washington's move to impose import quotas on selected Chinese textile products.

Merchant banks look to equity market for growth

With the corporate bond market slowing down in the second half of the year, merchant bankers are expecting equity-related activities to drive their growth next year.

NAB posts record profit but faces more pain in Britain

National Australia Bank (NAB) reported a record profit that was fuelled by strong home lending, but warned of an uphill battle in Britain and Ireland as pension co s would continue to bite in Europe, where it earns a quarter of its profits.

MAA sees positive growth

MAA Assurance Bhd, virtually the sole contributor to main board-listed MAA Holdings Bhd, expects a string of positive news in the next 12 months that includes strong premium growth and writebacks in equity provision.

Maybank Q1 pre-tax profit jumps to RM700mil

STRONG loan growth, coupled with an improved economic environment, pushed up Malayan Banking Bhd's group pre-tax profit by 28% to RM700.6mil for the first quarter ended September 2003, from RM547.6mil in the previous corresponding quarter.

CIMB posts Q3 net profit of RM57.3mil

CIMB Bhd has posted a nine-month cumulative net profit of RM203.3mil, 165% higher than its net profit of RM76.5mil in the previous corresponding period.