Date
2 March 2015

BUSINESS

  • Sun Art Retail Group Ltd. (06808.HK), China’s leading hypermarket operator, hopes to build its online sales to 10 billion yuan (US$1.6 billion) within three years from 150 million yuan as online retail burgeons in the country. “In 2014,...
  • What is content marketing? According to a definition, content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to...
  • On Saturday, China’s central bank slashed the one-year benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points to 5.35 percent and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent. The move had been widely expected....
  • Maersk Line, the world’s largest container shipping group, is warning that global trade growth could slow this year despite falling oil prices. The biggest threat comes from the slowing Chinese, Brazilian and Russian economies, the Financial...
  • A gauge of Chinese factory activity inched up to a seven-month high but there was not much room for cheer as export orders shrank and deflationary pressures persisted, according to a private survey sponsored by HSBC....
  • Leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020, Reuters reported. But first they’ll have to decide what...
  • North Korea fired two short-range missiles into the sea on Monday as the United States and South Korea kicked off eight weeks of joint military drills. The nuclear-armed North Korean People’s Army (KPA) denounced the exercises, saying...
  • Fast Retailing Co. Ltd. (06288.HK), which operates Japanese apparel chain store Uniqlo, is planning to ramp up its overseas expansion plan amid a falling yen, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Monday. The weak currency has driven up costs,...
  • Government officials have defended the latest move by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) to tighten the mortgage loan rules, saying steps were needed to reduce the risks in the system.  It is the duty of...
  • Monetary policy has become increasingly unconventional in the past six years, with central banks implementing zero interest rate policies, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance and unlimited exchange rate intervention. But now we have come to...

World

  • China has ordered local governments in two key steel-producing cities to take tougher action against polluters from the sector as part of efforts to improve air quality, Reuters reported. Inspectors from the Ministry of Environmental Protection...
  • More members of the United States’ Federal Reserve favor raising interest rates in June. And since Fed chief Janet Yellen puts a premium on consensus, the possibility of a June tightening looms larger, although it’s a...
  • With the beheading of Japanese and Western hostages and the burning-alive of a Jordanian pilot, Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has shocked the world. Now, why is the jihadist group doing all these things? According...
  • Bidet toilet seats — which eject a cleansing spray toward the user’s nether regions — flew off the shelves in retail stores in Japan over the Lunar New Year holidays.  But many of the Chinese tourists...
  • Singapore is a city often compared to Hong Kong, largely because of their similar economic success despite being small and having limited natural resources. While Hong Kong has made a smooth transition from British administration to...
  • Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of British tabloid The Sun who has been cleared of all charges in Britain’s phone hacking scandal, is returning to News Corp. to run Storyful, its social media news agency. The...
  • A celebrity television journalist, who resigned from her job at the state broadcaster last year to take care of her sick daughter, has produced a deeply personal film about China’s worsening air pollution problem. Chai Jing’s...
  • One of northern Thailand’s most famous temples plans to build toilets to be used by Thais and non-Chinese tourists only, the Bangkok Post reported. Wat Rong Khun, better known as the White Temple, in Chiang Rai...
  • Tens of thousands of people marched through Moscow on Sunday to pay tribute to opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Russian capital two days earlier.  The crowd, which the...
  • Warren Buffett has sparked fresh speculation about his potential successor as Berkshire Hathaway shareholders marked the company’s golden anniversary. Vice chairman Charlie Munger got the ball rolling by saying the company’s next leader could be either...

COMMENTARY

  • What is content marketing? According to a definition, content marketing is a strategic marketing approach focused on creating and distributing valuable, relevant and consistent content to attract and retain a clearly-defined audience — and, ultimately, to...
  • On Saturday, China’s central bank slashed the one-year benchmark lending rate by 25 basis points to 5.35 percent and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points to 2.75 percent. The move had been widely expected....
  • With the beheading of Japanese and Western hostages and the burning-alive of a Jordanian pilot, Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has shocked the world. Now, why is the jihadist group doing all these things? According...

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