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Business 05 Jan 2006 | 12:00 AM

Koizumi government’s concern overdone

AS Japan edges closer to rejoin the world of inflation, the Koizumi government has already started to bash the Bank of Japan with all kinds of warnings that the central bank may lose its independence, should it decide to abandon its zero interest rate policy too early.

Nation 14 Jul 2005 | 12:00 AM

Euro-zone interest rates 'appropriate', KL meet told

Current euro-zone interest rates are right for the region's economic development, a European Commission official said Thursday at a European Union-Southeast Asia economic conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Business 08 Jul 2005 | 12:00 AM

ECB holds rates steady at 2% amid news of attacks

The European Central Bank kept its key interest rate unchanged at 2 percent, despite worries about growth and the unsettling news of terrorist attacks on the London transport network.

Business 28 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Tokyo stocks close lower Tuesday, $US higher against yen

The benchmark Nikkei Stock Average of 225 issues closed down 43.75 points, or 0.40 percent, at 10,815.57 points.

AseanPlus News 21 Sep 2004 | 12:00 AM

Susilo remains an enigma

A champion in the fight against Islamic militancy and corruption, or an indecisive former general more at home in meeting rooms than on the battlefield?

Letters 22 Aug 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bamboo reed vision

Japan#8217;s global reach today underscores how its people heeded this counsel from Meiji-era farmers #8211; #8220;Do not look at the heavens through a bamboo reed.#8221;

Business 06 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

June data shows microchip sales rebound

WORLDWIDE sales of semiconductors amounted to US$12.54bil in June, marginally above the US$12.49bil recorded in May, but still the 12th consecutive month of positive year-on-year growth. On a year-on-year basis, global sales grew by 10% in June.

Business 06 Aug 2003 | 12:00 AM

June data shows microchip sales rebound

WORLDWIDE sales of semiconductors amounted to US$12.54bil in June, marginally above the US$12.49bil recorded in May, but still the 12th consecutive month of positive year-on-year growth. On a year-on-year basis, global sales grew by 10% in June.

Business 31 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

SARS drives SIA to maiden loss

Singapore Airlines (SIA) posted an unprecedented quarterly loss yesterday after the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak hit air travel demand, but the carrier said the worst was over although sluggish economic conditions made the outlook hazy.

Business 03 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Exports up 5.7% in April

MALAYSIAN exports grew by a faster-than-expected 5.7% in April compared with a year ago but imports declined by a bigger magnitude, raising concerns that export performance over the next few months may slow down.