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New baits to lure bank customers

Black-suited hipsters, hair spiked at rakish angles, await customers. People rea- ding magazines lounge on chairs resembling bent pipe cleaners. A disc jockey spins tunes.

China producers sing Pearl River Delta blues

Factories in the Pearl River Delta, the heart of China's export engine, are considering closing shop and relocating in pursuit of cheaper labour and lower running costs.

Property deals to drive mergers

Property and utility deals and a soggy market for initial public offerings are expected to drive Australian mergers and acquisitions in the second half of 2004, after activity rocketed to $42bil in the first six months.

Scent of a successful woman

For the past 10 years, Mandy Tang has focused her attention on building up sales and creating a more visible presence for her company's products in the Malaysian retail industry.

Shell positions for future demand

In the race to find newer forms ofalternative fuel and related byproducts,one of the companies inthe Shell Malaysia group isestablishing itself as a pioneer in ahigh-value niche product market.

Shortage of talent affecting companies

Shortage of top talent with the right leadership skills is getting acute due to globalisation and competition. This affects growth of companies not only in Malaysia but also throughout the world.

Business school

Corporate universities have caught on as part ofcompanies' overall business strategy.

Bilingual bankers in demand in China

Chinese demand has already fuelled booms in markets from copper to shipping, but the rise of the world's fastest growing economy is also driving up prices of another hot commodity: bilingual bankers.

Petronas chief lashes out at talent poachers

The record high oil price has posed a challenge for Petroliam Nasional Bhd (Petronas) to stave off poachers seeking its trained staff while it seeks to expand its oil reserves.

De Kretser the GO-getter

WHEN public relations veteran Michael de Kretser left MDK Consultants (M) Sdn Bhd, a PR outfit he founded 25 years ago, everyone thought he was ready to throw in the towel. But two years ago, he surprised industry watchers by setting up another firm called GO Communications Sdn Bhd, this time with his son Peter.