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Business 29 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Singapore's factory production rises 9.5%

SINGAPORE'S factory production rose in March by a stronger-than-expected 9.5% from February, putting the trade-dependent economy on firm footing as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) out break pummels service-related and tourism industries.

Business 16 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Plastics industry poised to grow 5%

The plastics industry is expected to grow at 5% this year, the global economic slowdown notwithstanding, according to Minister for International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz yesterday.

Business 08 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Broad property sector loans grow by 6% to RM10.7bil

REFLECTING the activity in the property market last year, loans to the broad property sector grew by 6.6% or RM10.714bil to RM171.978bil at end-September 2002 compared with the corresponding period a year ago.

Business 04 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Growth for 2003 to be domestic-driven

MALAYSIA will need to seek solace in its domestic sources for growth this year in view of uncertainty in the external demand outlook due to the prospects of a prolonged Iraqi war, possible retaliatory attacks and rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).

Business 28 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Private sector holds the key to growth this year

THE private sector is expected to drive growth this year as the external sector is projected to grow modestly. Risk to the economy, however, remains should the private sector, because of prolonged uncertainty, adopt a #147;wait-and-see#148; attitude, which would cause delays in investment and a bounce in the electronics industry.

Business 19 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

CPO futures likely to hit 1 million lots by mid-year

CRUDE palm oil (CPO) futures traded on the Malaysia Derivatives Ex- change (MDEX) are likely to hit a total turnover of one million lots by the middle of this year, according to Primary Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik.

Business 15 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Residential sector remains pillar of property market

THERE is good news and bad news on the Klang Valley property front.

Business 15 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

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Business 10 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Property sector needs a boost

A FURTHER decline in rental values in the office and retail sub-sectors and increasing construction cost in the property sector are among the trends expected this year, according to a survey by international property consultancy C.H. Williams Talhar and Wong (WTW).

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Single-digit growth for consumer sector

THE consumer sector, especially the food and beverage (FB) sub-sector, is anticipated to show single-digit growth for 2003 in line with the projected gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the year even though the health and growth of the consumer sector is really dependent on a whole host of factors, ranging from world commodity prices to local consumer spending habits.