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Corporate News

China’s positive policy directions

CHINA’s focus on high quality and sustainable development, as indicated at its ongoing party congress, will benefit global markets and economy.

Economy

Malaysia’s CPI advances at slowest pace in 42 months

PETALING JAYA: Helped by an easier rise in the prices of fuels, Malaysia’s inflation moderated to its slowest pace in 42 months in August, lower than consensus estimates.

Business

Treasury Pulse

THE US dollar continued its slide this week, falling by 0.49% to a further two-week low of 93.933 dragged by the stronger euro and cautious sentiment leading up to the House of Representatives tax bill revision.

Business

Loan growth seen flattish next year

PETALING JAYA: Loan growth in the banking system is projected to remain flattish at between 4% and 5% next year, fuelling pressure on banks’ earnings and asset quality, amid weaker business and consumer sentiment.

Business

DPM: Malaysia's GDP to grow 5.5%-6% this year

MALAYSIA'S gross domestic product will grow by between 5.5% and 6% this year on the back of expected higher exports, stronger domestic demand, a return of investor confidence, and improving consumer confidence, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Economy

Thai finance ministry cuts 2013 GDP forecast to 2.8%

Thailand's economy is likely to have grown 2.8% in 2013, down from 3% forecast earlier this month, due to weaker-than-expected exports and domestic demand while anti-government protests in Bangkok are hurting confidence, a senior official from the finance ministry said on Thursday.

Analyst Reports

Greenback drifts downwards

WITH the onset of September 2017, the US dollar’s slide intensifies. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) upgrade of its growth forecast sends the euro up 0.8% to US$1.2007 in midday trading in New York on Sept 7, adding new uncertainty.

Markets

China shares bounce, Beijing pledges vigorous fiscal steps

SYDNEY: Global bond markets were tense on Tuesday amid talk of central bank tightening and the risk of a robust reading on U.S. economic growth later in the week, though stellar results from internet giant Alphabet supported tech stocks in Asia.

Economy

Indonesia grows at best pace in four years

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s economy grew at its fastest pace in four years in October-December, propped up by investment and government spending, but sluggish consumption is still keeping growth from moving much above 5%, where it has been for years