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China’s Sept new home price gains led by smaller cities

China’s Sept new home price gains led by smaller cities

Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 0.9% in September from a month earlier. (AFP pic) BEIJING: China’s new home prices increased at a firm pace in September, supported by gains in smaller cities and showing the market remained resilient despite pressures from softer investment, a slowing economy and government curbs on […]

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Bursa Malaysia likely to trade in cautious mode next week

Bursa Malaysia likely to trade in cautious mode next week

KUALA LUMPUR: Bursa Malaysia is expected to trade in a cautious mode next week weighed by external concerns, an analyst said. Maybank Investment Bank Chartist Nik Ihsan Raja Abdullah said concerns about China’s growth, trade disputes and rising US interest rate were expected to drag the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI (FBM KLCI) lower. “FBM KLCI […]

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Ringgit likely to trend lower against US dollar next week

Ringgit likely to trend lower against US dollar next week

KUALA LUMPUR:The ringgit is likely to trend lower against the US dollar next week, mainly weighed by prospects of higher US interest rates. FXTM Research Analyst Lukman Otunuga said with the US dollar heavily supported by the interest rate hikes expectations, the ringgit had the scope to trade towards the 4.17 level against the greenback […]

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Global stocks mixed amid worries over China, Italy

Global stocks mixed amid worries over China, Italy

Amidst Italy’s budget dispute and China’s slow growth, global bourses finished mixed. (AFP pic) NEW YORK: An early rally on Wall Street fizzled Friday as global bourses finished mixed amid a range of worries that included Italy’s messy budget dispute with Brussels and slowing Chinese growth. US stocks opened strongly following good earnings reports from […]

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IMF reaches deal with Ukraine on new US$4 bn, 14-month loan

IMF reaches deal with Ukraine on new US$4 bn, 14-month loan

The agreement must be approved by the IMF board, which will come later in the year after authorities in Kiev approve a 2019 budget. (AFP pic) WASHINGTON: The International Monetary Fund announced Friday it had reached an agreement with Ukraine on economic policies that would unlock a new loan deal that will provide nearly US$4 […]

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Google to charge Android partners up to US$40 per device for apps

Google to charge Android partners up to US$40 per device for apps

The fee can be as low as US$2.50 and rises depending on the country and device size, the person said. (AFP pic) SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc’s Google will charge hardware firms up to US$40 per device to use its apps under a new licensing system to replace one that the European Union this year deemed […]

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EU, Singapore sign free trade deal

EU, Singapore sign free trade deal

The text still needs to be validated by the European Parliament before it enters into force in 2019. (AFP pic) BRUSSELS: The European Union and Singapore signed a landmark trade deal on Friday on the sidelines of a Europe-Asia summit that Brussels hopes can be a rebuke to protectionism in Washington. Singapore Prime Minister Lee […]

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UK PM reassures business leaders over Brexit

UK PM reassures business leaders over Brexit

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured Oct 17, 2018, held a conference call to reassure representatives of more than 130 British firms after a summit in Brussels produced no tangible progress on the Brexit process. (AFP pic) LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May took pains on Friday to reassure more than 130 British business leaders that […]

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Germany orders recall of 73,000 Opel diesels

Germany orders recall of 73,000 Opel diesels

Germany orders recall of 73,000 Opel diesels (AFP pic) FRANKFURT: Germany’s KBA transport authority said Friday it had ordered carmaker Opel to recall 73,000 diesel vehicles worldwide that were configured to fool regulatory emissions tests. The authority “ordered an obligatory recall on October 17” for Opel Insignia, Cascada and Zafira diesels meeting the latest Euro […]

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Daimler cuts 2018 profit forecast on diesel woes

Daimler cuts 2018 profit forecast on diesel woes

Daimler manufactures Mercedes-Benz and Smart cars but it was recently forced to recall more than 770,000 diesel cars across Europ (AFP pic) FRANKFURT: German luxury automaker Daimler on Friday again cut its profit outlook for 2018, warning that costs related to polluting diesel engines would drag down earnings. The Mercedes-Benz maker, which this year had […]

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