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Thai companies post record sales

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Thai companies were hitting record highs in sales of $339 billion in 2012 and showed a 15.67 per cent growth in net profits compared...
Manila bourse set for IPO spree

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The Philippine Stock Exchange expects 7 to 10 initial public offerings this year, its president Hans Sicat  said at a press conference at the...
UAE, Qatar step up Malaysia investment

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) have finalised two investment deals worth $12.8 billion with Malaysia on March 12 on high-impact projects in Malaysia, while...
Property market in the Philippines: Too hot or not?

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With the economic boom being seen in the Philippines, nouveau wealth is appearing in the country, boosting the property market. Experts are at strife about the question whether a bubble is in formation.
Mindanao to face higher power prices

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Mindanao has warmed up to the reality of having to pay market prices for energy in order to solve the rolling brownouts that plague...
Aquino outlines development roadmap

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Philippine President Benigno Aquino III has outlined a three-pronged developmental approach to sustain the blindingly high economic momentum the country has achieved through heavy...
AirAsia buys into Philippine competitor

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The Philippine subsidiary of AirAsia, the region's largest low-cost airline, has signed a deal to buy 49 per cent of Manila-based Zest Airways and...
CVC to cash in on Indonesia investment

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UK-based investment firm CVC Capital Partners intends to sell a 40 per cent stake in Indonesia’s largest department store operator Matahari, according to a...
Dawei project slimmed down by developer

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The development of an industrial zone in Myanmar's southern town of Dawei has received new backing by master developer Italian-Thai Development (ITD), albeit at...
Thailand, Singapore seen as top expat locations

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Singapore has been ranked first and Thailand second in a newly released Expat Explorer survey by UK-based bank HSBC because of the growing interest of foreigners in the two countries' real estate market.
93% of roads in Philippines still unpaved

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The Philippines have been ranked low in the 2012-2013 Global Competitiveness Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF) that assesses the competitiveness landscape of...
ASEAN+6 trade bloc in the making

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Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) together with the group’s six major trading partners - Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand...
Latest FDI in Myanmar close to $800m

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Myanmar received $794 million in foreign investment over nine months of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to an announcement from the Myanmar Investment Commission...
Philippines: Investment destination of choice

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The Philippines is expected to be among the top performers in Southeast Asia for the years to come. Inside Investor talked to Cristino L. Panlilio, outgoing Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary.
TPP: Blessing for corporate US, drawback for others?

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, an agreement shrouded in mystery behind the closed doors of US Congress, could serve as a catalyst for the development of Southeast Asian countries. But don't count on China.
Brunei eyes investment in the Philippines

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Brunei is showing interest in investing in the Philippines, namely in Iloilo, a province located in the Western Visayas region, it emerged after a...
Indonesia aims to boost FDI by 23%

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Indonesia is aiming to increase foreign direct investment by 23 per cent in 2013, after inflows already hit a record high in the previous...
Qatar’s QNB eyes Indonesia takeover

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Qatar National Bank (QNB) is reportedly among at least three bidders for the Indonesian unit of Dutch Rabobank. The deal is expected to have...