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OUR CEO OUTLOOK 2003 today features the Malaysia-based CEOs of three of the largest IT corporations #8211; Datuk Wong Siew Hai of Intel Corp, Khatijah Shah of SAP, and T.F. CHONG of Hewlett-Packard (HP). The three CEOs are looking forward to 2003 as they expect a pickup in the world economy will boost spending on IT.
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.
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.