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BANGKOK/HONG KONG: Thailand's Berli Jucker Pcl has tapped foreign banks including BNP Paribas as well as domestic lenders to raise $6.2 billion for its acquisition of Big C Supercenter, putting it on track to successfully meet a March 31 financing deadline.
TOKYO: Japan's economy is expected to have contracted slightly more than initially estimated in the final quarter of 2015, and ominously the outlook held little cheer as domestic and external demand has remained stubbornly weak at the start of this year.
SINGAPORE: Crude futures rose in Asian trade on Friday, buoyed by renewed optimism prices may have bottomed out after official U.S. data showed oil production fell to its lowest level since November 2014.
KUALA LUMPUR: Fund buying of banks and Petronas Chemicals helped the FBM KLCI advance nearly seven points towards the key 1,700 level at midday on Friday but the surprisingly weak trade data could impact sentiment.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s January 2016 exports fell 2.8% to RM61.9bil from a year ago, which was a disappointment when compared with a survey of a 2.5% increase.
UALA LUMPUR: The US-based Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported a slump in sales in January 2016 to US$26.9bil on weaker demand amid rising economic worries, with the Americas reporting a steeper slump than other regions.
KUALA LUMPUR: Foreign funds continued their buying on Bursa Malaysia for the second day on Thursday with net buying rising to RM391.6mil.
HONG KONG: While China’s state-owned insurers may be paying over the odds to take debt-laden banks off the hands of overseas firms such as Citigroup, other companies are getting better deals from Western exits.
NAHA (Japan): Bank of Japan deputy governor Hiroshi Nakaso has put the onus on the government to speed up structural reforms to boost the country’s growth potential and maximise the economic impact of the bank’s massive monetary stimulus programme.
LONDON: Global business activity expanded at its weakest rate in over three years last month despite firms cutting prices for the first time since September, a survey showed on Thursday.