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Business 28 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

IMF warns of recession

New data this week highlighted a mood of caution at corporations in major economies as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned that the world could sink into recession if the war in Iraq drags on.

Business 29 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

News in brief

News in brief on General Corp, Austral, SArab-Malaysian Corp, Silver Bird and other firms.

Business 29 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Nasdaq bans Al-Jazeera broadcasts from trading floor

The Nasdaq stock market on Tuesday followed the lead of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in barring the Al-Jazeera Arab satellite-TV channel from using its facilities to broadcast live market reports.

Business 30 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Venture that's in the bag

RINA Matsui's fascination with fabrics led to the creation of her bag collection five years ago. Since then, the bags #8211; under the label Flowerdrum #8211; have garnered quite a niche following amongst Kuala Lumpur's bag enthusiasts, and her venture is now a booming business.

Business 01 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Balance of payment surplus rises to RM2b

MALAYSIA#039;S balance of payment surplus rose 76.9% to RM2.3bil in the 4th quarter compared with RM1.3bil in the 3rd quarter of last year, the Statistics Department said.

Business 01 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Mitsui turns to FD and bonds

MITSUI Sumitomo (M) Bhd, the country#039;s number one marine cargo insurer has found a way to beat the rising tide of #147;investment blues#039;#039; by diverting some of its massive funds to fixed deposits (FD).

Business 02 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Real results crucial in brand building

AN assembly of speakers at the I>Malaysian AdCongress 2003 /I>in Langkawi over the weekend agreed that brand-building, as a concept, must be measured against tangible results to facilitate long-term continuity.

Business 02 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Malaysia had lower trade surplus of RM4.9bil for February

MALAYSIA recorded a lower trade surplus of RM4.9bil in February 2003 compared with RM6.3bil in the previous month, the country's sixty-fourth consecutive month of trade surplus since November 1997.

Business 05 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Shareholder activism still dormant

WE all like to root for the underdog. This is why we fancy the notion of shareholder activism becoming a major element in the Malaysian corporate scene.

Business 05 Apr 2003 | 12:00 AM Premium

Brands build profits

THE responsibility for branding must lie with the company#146;s top management, not relegated to the marketing department #150; this is an idea that Asia has yet to fully embrace, according to Mike Murphy, Ogilvy amp; Mather Asia-Pacific#039;s chief executive officer (new networks).