Monthly Archives: April 2011

Hong Kong Dollar Speculation

John Tsang Chun-wah’s budget U-turn has had an unexpected effect. The financial secretary’s flip-flop caught the eye of international currency speculators. They scent an opportunity. Tsang was besieged with demands to hand out some of the Hong Kong Government’s huge … Continue reading

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Oil Forecast

Oil prices will soar above US$130 a barrel by late 2011, a new poll found, and one in five traders said they expect oil to hit US$150 this year, level some economists say could trigger a recession. With no end … Continue reading

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Brazil Real

Brazil’s government has to slow the rise of the real, which by some measures is the world’s most overvalued major currency. The currency has been pressured by high interest rates and heavy government spending at home as well as excess … Continue reading

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Made in Germany… Sold in China

Germany is leading the race to harness Chinese growth and is now beginning to export more to China than the United States. China could become the largest export market by 2015. The theme for this decade is that millions of … Continue reading

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Shipment Volumes

Logistic operators and container shipping lines could see a resurgence in shipment volumes as United States retailers and manufacturers rebuild inventory levels this year. Inventory-sales ratio was about 1.28-1.29 before the financial crisis when transpacific trade was booming. The ratio … Continue reading

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Automation Key to Restaurants Survival

Automation is key to survival in the traditional labor-intensive restaurant industry as labor costs rise in Hong Kong and on the mainland. Thus, it is not about controling salary levels but about how the industry can change its business model, … Continue reading

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Dell, buoyed by significant demand in the mainland’s public sector and large-enterprise markets, will boost spending in key facilities, services and solutions for corporate customers in its second-biggest market after the US. The initiative is part of a US$1 billion … Continue reading

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