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Business 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Global markets to be driven by geopolitics in short term

The first part yesterday of the roundtable discussions dwelt on the KLSE#8217;s lacklustre performance for 2002, and the factors contributing to its weakness. The concluding part talks about the market#8217;s probable outlook for this year, given the looming prospect of war in Iraq.

Nation 01 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Hambali plotted terror campaign

Hambali, the operations director for Osama bin Laden#8217;s al-Qaeda terrorist movement, is on the run, but for over 10 years he was in Malaysia planning and recruiting like-minded radicals for his campaign of terror to hit Western targets in South-East Asia. Malaysian police have collected new information on Hambali and his involvement in Jemaah Islamiah in their continuing war against terrorism, write WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES.

Business 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

2002 a bumper year for commodities

LAST year was a bumper year for world commodity markets, unlike those for equities.

Business 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

A promising year lies ahead

CEOS believe Malaysia will do well in 2003 despite uncertainties for the global economy.

Business 02 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Mentiga buying estate in Rompin for RM95mil

MENTIGA Corp Bhd is acquiring an oil palm estate in Rompin, Pahang, from the board of trustees of Yayasan Pahang for RM95mil.

Business 03 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Salcon out to double profit

WATER engineering specialist Salcon Engineering Bhd, a 51% subsidiary of Kumpulan Emas Bhd, is targeting to double its pre-tax profit and turnover to RM36.4mil and RM337mil respectively, for the financial year ending July 31.

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

How high can it go?

ASK around.It is a foregone conclusion that the local stock market is currently not too far off its lowest ebb. The mostpertinent question is how high can the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index (CI)go in 2003?

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Fighting the Bears

Will it hurt to look at the stock market in 2003? What are the stocks worth putting your money in?

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

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.

Business 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

RM5.6b November trade surplus

THE trade surplus in November rose to RM5.6bil from a restated RM4.8bil in October, marking the 61st consecutive month of surplus, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Miti) said.