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Business 11 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Symphony looks forward to outsourcing

OUTSOURCING in Malaysia has advanced roughly midway between buzzword status and accepted business practice.

Business 21 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

War clouds cast pall on US economy

A cloud of uncertainty from the prospect of a US war with Iraq is casting a dark shadow on the world#8217;s richest economy, which entered the new year with a worrying lack of momentum.

Business 12 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

Economists trim US growth projection

Concern about the economic effects of a possible war with Iraq has led a top-notch panel of forecasters to trim its outlook for US growth during 2003.

Business 28 Feb 2003 | 12:00 AM

S'pore just avoids recession

SINGAPORE#8217;S export-driven economy grew a slim 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2002, led by strong factory output which helped the city-state narrowly avoid recession.

Business 05 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Outlook subdued for global industry

The outlook for global industry is subdued at best with manufacturing surveys from the United States, Europe and Japan showing either the barest evidence of growth or outright contraction.

Business 09 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Iraq deadline stirs hopes

Stocks closed slightly higher on Friday, as a March 17 deadline for Iraq to meet disarmament demands or face war fed investor hopes for resolution to a crisis that has depressed markets for months.

Business 11 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Panel further cuts US growth forecast

A top panel of economists has further slashed its forecast for US economic growth this year, saying the threat of war with Iraq is dampening consumer spending and business activity.

Business 20 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Fed holds fire on rates, pledges surveillance

US Federal Reserve policy-makers have held interest rates at 1961 lows, contending that uncertainties caused by the pending war in Iraq are so extreme they could not gauge the American economy#8217;s prospects.

Business 22 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

Better outlook seen in residential, auto sectors

A BETTER outlook is expected in the residential property and automotive sectors in the short-term, the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (Mier) said in its 4th quarter Sectoral Survey conducted recently.

Business 27 Mar 2003 | 12:00 AM

US consumers fret about war and jobs

The latest snapshot of US consumers has shown that confidence was near decade lows even before the grim realities of war in Iraq invaded TV screens, and that pervasive worries about jobs could stifle any relief rally once the conflict is over.