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Golden era for furniture makers

CHINESE furniture makers, spurred by increased export demands following China's entry to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), are entering a golden era.

Free-trade pact with Australia to boost businesses

SINGAPOREANS on Monday said 'G'day' to a new free-trade mate, with the signing of a pact with Australia that is set to create more jobs and boost businesses ranging from phone companies to flower exporters.

Newater begins flow into reservoirs

NEWATER started flowing into the reservoirs on Friday and could reach homes in three to six months#8217; time, the I>Straits Times/Ireported.

PSA lay-offs burst bubble

PORT operator PSA Corp's decision to drastically slash jobs in an industry at the core of Singapore's trade-driven economy has underscored the stiff competition confronting the island, economists say.

Telekom's fixed-line rental up by RM3

Fixed-line residential telephone subscribers will have to pay RM3 more per month - from RM22 to RM25 - for rental from Saturday.

EC sets up office in KL to fill information gap

The affairs of the Brussels-based European Commission (EC) is no longer #8220;distant#8221; to Malaysians, with the commission having set up its latest foreign delegation office here.

Landmark free trade pact with US

Singapore and the United States are to sign tomorrow a landmark free trade agreement expected to bolster Washington's economic and political ties with South-East Asia.

Hoteliers want lower tariffs to reduce losses

Hotel owners want lower water and electricity tariffs as well as a reduction in the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) retraining levy to help tide them over the current bad times.

Tour and travel industry needs help

Some of the proposals put forward to help the tour and travel industry include asking banks to restructure loans and lowering of electricity tariffs for hotels.

Philippine president getting rewarded for U.S. loyalty, lobbying for business

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo will be getting the star treatment in Washington, where she hopes to turn her loyalty in the wars on terrorism and Iraq into concrete benefits for her poor Southeast Asian nation.