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THE war in Iraq is certainly taking a toll on the rubber glove industry. Whereas rising latex prices were pretty much the main concern over the last five quarters, the recent standoff followed by the outbreak of war in the Middle East has led to further increases in production costs.
AS if coping with the uncertainties of war isn#039;t enough, economies in the region now have to cope with yet another crisis. The deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) is taking its toll on Asia at a time when many of these economies are already vulnerable due to a weak external sector.
HLG Unit Trust Bhd, in the wake of the current weak and volatile equity market, is somewhat adopting a strategy different from most of its other competitors: investing in companies which it knows best rather than being concerned over the short term volatility of a company's stocks per se.
MALAYSIA#039;S biggest car distributor EON, fresh from securing a new deal to sell Proton cars, said it expects tough times ahead as competition increases and consumers delay purchases.