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Business 04 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Local brand franchisors urged to create international standards

FRANCHISORS of local brands in Malaysia should look at creating branding for their franchises rather than concentrate on marketing strategies to create brands on par with well-known international companies like Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald#039;s, said Brand Mercatus (M) Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Peter Pek.

Business 08 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Dow up, Nasdaq finishes lower

Blue-chip stocks eked out slight gains on Friday amid renewed hopes for a recovery, but the Nasdaq finished lower on near record volume as investors booked profits from a rally on news of Oracle Corp#8217;s proposed takeover of software rival PeopleSoft Inc.

Business 09 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Bob proud to be based in multi-racial Malaysia

ROBERT Beard, better known as Bob around the office and friends, lights up when he speaks of Malaysia.

Business 09 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

McDonald’s entering new phase, says CEO

A new phase is shaping up at McDonald#146;s, famous for its I>Big Mac /I>worldwide. The new buzz words, said CEO and country manager Robert Beard, will be quality and speed.

Business 12 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

Grey Worldwide appoints new MD

GREY Worldwide Sdn Bhd, the advertising division of Grey Global Group Malaysia, has appointed industry veteran Mah Bing Zeat as managing director.

Business 13 Jun 2003 | 12:00 AM

McDonald's new tag line - 'I'm lovin' it'

McDonald#8217;s Corp, the world#8217;s largest fast-food company, has unveiled a new advertising theme designed to attract younger and hipper consumers: #8220;I#8217;m lovin#8217; it.#8221;

Business 09 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Kraft to fight obesity by cutting portion

Processed food multi-national Kraft Foods Inc will cut the size of portions and change the recipe of some top products as the industry faces pressure over obesity rates.

Business 10 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Alcoa posts slight dip in second-quarter profit

Alcoa Inc, the world's largest aluminium producer, has reported a profit dip for the latest quarter but the result still beat Wall Street estimates as the company controlled costs to offset weaker demand in the key aerospace and gas turbine sectors and higher energy costs.

Business 15 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

Petronas Dagangan sees better results

PETRONAS Dagangan Bhd, (PDB) the retail arm of Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas), expects an improvement in performance in the current year ending March 31, 2004, fuelled by new petrol station openings and better costs management.

Business 20 Jul 2003 | 12:00 AM

US stocks gain, dollar drops

US stocks rose on Friday after stellar earnings from software leader Microsoft Corp and a broker's bullish call on fast-food giant McDonald's Corp, while bonds fell after a rise in July consumer sentiment.