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Stiff dose of competition

Giant businesses may be squeezing their smaller counterparts out of the market in many sectors, but trust the pharmaceutical industry to come up with a pill for every ill. While independent pharmacies may not have as much muscle as the big guys, they have innovative ways to stay afloat in an increasingly competitive business world, reports LEONG SHEN-LI.


Business start spurred by visitors

What was initially a hobby has over the years metamorphosed into a profitable business for arts and handicraft storeowner Mahalakshmi Balaraja.


Jala proposes fuel-buying house

Malaysia Airlines (MAS) managing director Idris Jala has urged the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to consider setting up a fuel-buying house for bulk buying of jet fuel. This could potentially lead to discounts that would help airlines reduce their huge fuel bills.


Addressing hot issue on jet fuel

JET fuel remained the hot topic of discussion at the many executive sessions held during the World Air Transport Summit in Paris recently. Many airline chief executives sought answers to the direction oil prices were heading.


Sugar crunch cause found

The 'hunt' is on and it is not for money or gold, but sugar.


No sugar, no soya bean drink

A soya bean drink producer said he would have to shut down his business soon because of the sugar shortage.


Short of sugar

There seems to be no let-up to the sugar shortage. If anything, the situation seems to be getting worse, with Johor being the latest to feel the 'sweet crunch'.


Terengganu MB sells sugar from lorry

Would you expect the mentri besar of a state to sell you sugar?


Bulk buying by industries

The current sugar shortage could have been contributed by big industries getting their supplies from domestic sources instead of overseas because of the sharp price increase in the international market.


Malaysians consume 2½ times the ideal sugar intake

Malaysians consume two-and-a-half times the ideal daily intake of sugar.