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S’pore retail sales up in December

Retail sales in the city-state rose more than expected in December as consumers rushed to buy items such as automobiles, watches and jewellery before last month's increase in sales tax.

Tax rise not a big deal for shoppers

THE increase in the goods and services tax (GST) that kicked in on Thursday seemed a non-event for shoppers in Orchard Road, who were drawn by big discounts and post-Christmas sales.

The toddler’s a homeowner

By Jeffrey Francis

SST – the pros and cons

THE introduction of sales and service tax (SST) in Malaysia has been talked about since the early 1980s, when a group of civil servants from the Treasury and the Royal Customs Department were sent to South Korea to study the VAT (value-added tax) system there.

Herbal challenge

The recent Pan Pharmaceuticals incident,where many herbal products were recalled,has far reaching consequences forthe industry,writes HOOI YOU CHING.

Tax sweetener turns sour

By Jeffrey Francis

Great diving at the Great Barrier Reef

Off the coast of Australia 's tropical north lies one of the planet 's natural wonders - the Great Barrier Reef..Covering 344,000 sq km,it 's a surreal paradise of over 1,500 fish species and 400 coral varieties. Michael D'Oliveiro goes for an underwater frolic in the world 's biggest aquarium and comes face to face with friendly residents like Wally,the Napoleon Maori Wrasse.

Best of beer and food

Celebrity chef VIOLET OON writes about her experiences in helping to put together a series of unusual gourmet dinners for Singapore's forthcoming food festival.

RM145 for printer a mistake, says firm

WHILE surfing the Net at about 2am on Monday, Tan Wei Teck stumbled upon an offer he could not believe #8211; S$66 (RM145) for a Hewlett Packard laserjet printer that normally sells for S$3,854 (RM8440) before Goods and Services Tax (GST).