Economy

Japan says US won’t hike car tariffs during trade deal talks

TOKYO • Japan is sticking to its view that the US won’t apply higher tariffs on imports of Japanese cars and auto parts so long as negotiations toward a ...

Politics looms over Thai economy on election stress

GDP expanded 3.7% in 4Q, while full-year 2018 growth was 4.1% and the 2019 forecast is 3.5%-4.5%
BANGKOK • Political tension has emerged as a threat to ...

Singapore boosts spending, projects deficit

Budget comes against the backdrop of a weakening economy, with growth hit by global trade worries
SINGAPORE • Singapore will boost spending on ...

The winners and losers of Singapore’s budget plan

SINGAPORE • Singapore Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat delivered a budget that included more healthcare and military spending ahead of a general election ...

Malaysia’s policy rate to remain unchanged

By SHAZNI ONG / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
The central bank is unlikely to change interest rates based on Malaysia’s better than expected economic growth in ...

Central bankers take to stage as data disappoint

By BLOOMBERG
LONDON • Central bankers get a chance to flesh out their increasingly dovish outlooks for monetary policy this year as economic data ...

MED to create 50,000 entrepreneurs

By BERNAMA / Pic By TMR
The Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED) aims to produce 50,000 small and medium entrepreneurs in order to increase their ...

HK’s growth halved in 4Q on trade war

By BLOOMBERG
HONG KONG • The trade war between the US and China and slowing retail sales dragged Hong Kong’s economic growth down at the end of last ...

Ringgit to find support in domestic economy over mixed performance

Other economic indicators provided by the central bank last week are also perceived as supportive for further ringgit appreciation
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M’sian economy grew to RM1.4t in 2018

4Q18 performance within DoSM’s expectation and the economy is likely to continue growing in 1Q19
by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL ...

Germany barely skirts recession in muted 4Q

By BLOOMBERG
FRANKFURT • Germany’s economy stagnated at the end of 2018, trailing most of its peers in the euroarea, and continued trade tensions mean ...

4.7% GDP growth indicates rising momentum

By SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS
The country’s improving growth in its economic performance for the fourth quarter of 2018 (4Q18) ...