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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 04 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Moment of truth for rubber industry

IT WILL soon be time for speculation to yield completely to reality. At least, this is the case for those who have taken part in the share market whirl #8211; the so-called I>Reactorrim /I>play #8211; that has lifted the prices of several counters following announcements of joint ventures (JVs) to consolidate rubber smallholdings.

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.

Business 10 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Top Glove aiming for 16% increase in net profit

LEADING latex glove manufacturer Top Glove Corp Bhd is targeting a 16.6% increase in net profit to RM21mil on revenue of RM220mil for its financial year ending Aug 31, said its president and managing director Dr Lim Wee Chai.

Business 11 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

UP rewards even during tough times

UNITED Plantations Bhd (UP), one of Malaysia's oldest plantation companies, has impressed shareholders with its generous and consistent dividend payouts over the past 13 years.

Business 11 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Sweeter achievement in a challenging environment

Westport has, to date, shown tremendous growth patterns, since initiating operations in 1997. Judging by the huge expansion plans the volumes should surge even further.

Business 14 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Editor: Stress on education and technology the right move

MALAYSIA, by emphasising on education and technology, and encouraging small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), has adopted the most appropriate stance in the current global trade scenario, where China is rapidly becoming the dominant trading power in Asia, according to I>Time/Imagazine senior editor (business and technology) Jim Erickson.

Business 15 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Guthrie’s diversification pays off

PLANTATION giant Kumpulan Guthrie Bhd has been rewarding its shareholders with reasonable dividends despite being saddled with underlying issues pertaining to the stability of its investments in the 215,000ha Minamas plantations in Indonesia and huge borrowings of about RM2.7bil.

Business 18 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Things look up for Sime Darby

SIME Darby Bhd, Malaysia's oldest conglomerate, with very diversified interest, can look forward to another good year ahead.

Business 26 Jan 2003 | 12:00 AM

Brighter outlook for industrial sector

Foreign and domestic investments in the manufacturing sector are expected to be on the surplus this year amid fierce business competition from neighbouring countries and China, says Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz.