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Posted: 25-02-2008
INTERNATIONAL. In its latest monthly Global Focus, Standard Chartered predicts there will be no sharp upturn in the current US recession and it will have a global impact. The rest of world may be better insulated, but not decoupled, and as risk aversion mounts, countries with current account deficits will see their currencies under pressure.The big story that is set to continue to unfold over coming months, and indeed years, is how the balance of global economic and financial power is shifting, from West to East. But three issues currently stand out. First, how severe will be th
Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. On a city wide basis, capital appreciation since 2009 has been a mere 16%, whereas the total returns including rent during the same period have been close to 70%.
Posted: February 7, 2016
UAE. The markets are looking for help as the US economy joins the pack with weaker than expected growth; Dollar weakness provides relief for Asia.
Posted: February 5, 2016
UAE. According to "When Women Thrive" Global Report, 10-year forecast shows Europe and North America struggling to achieve workforce equality; Asia and Middle East ranked lowest; Only 9% of organizations offer women-focused health, financial wellness; Leaders urged to focus on executive engagement and pay equity.
Posted: February 4, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Russians potentially enter any discussions with a weaker hand. The Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies probably can withstand lower prices longer than the Russians. Russia lacks the financial resources the Saudis and their Gulf Arab allies have at their disposal.
Posted: February 4, 2016
LEBANON. The Byblos Bank/AUB Consumer Confidence Index averaged 39.5 in the third quarter, nearly unchanged from the second quarter of 2015, and decreased by 6.7% to an average of 36.9 in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Only 55% of MENA respondents think that their FDA spend is sufficient; 69% of MENA executives believe that they need to do more to improve their current anti-fraud procedures, including the use of forensic data analytics tools.
Posted: February 3, 2016
UAE. Underpinning the slowdown is a relatively subdued rise in new work, which is linked in turn to a near-stagnation in new export business; Growth rates for output and employment also eased, though stocks of pre-production items increased more quickly.
Posted: February 2, 2016
UAE. As in 2015, lower energy prices will continue to translate into markedly weaker deposit growth and contracting liquidity; S&P anticipates slowdowns in lending, and in revenue and earnings growth; Banks will retain a higher portion of their profits by limiting dividends to meet regulatory capital requirements.
Posted: February 1, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. France is often seen as the black sheep of Europe. However, all is not gloomy. Looking more closely, we see that France is very resilient and has numerous strengths.
Posted: January 28, 2016
UAE. "Despite plummeting oil prices and its impact on the economies in the Gulf, one of the region's retailers, the Lulu Group not only achieved revenue growth but it also managed to retain its position as one of the fastest growing retailers in the world."
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. Attraction and international mobility are key to national success and prosperity; UAE ranks number one in sustainability of retaining talent and night-safety of employees; Among global top 10 in use of social and virtual networks for career growth; Social mobility rankings within global top 10.
Posted: January 27, 2016
INTERNATIONAL. Two years' gains wiped out in three weeks!; People are worrying too much about China; Focus should be on central bank divergence; Recovery requires a weaker US dollar.
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. HSBC survey finds that only four in ten retirees in the UAE rate their health as good for their age; 78% of pre-retirees say that lack of free time (37%) and work commitments (34%) are preventing them from leading a healthier lifestyle.
Posted: January 27, 2016
UAE. In face of unprecedented price volatility, research reveals 86% of respondents expect oilfield services M&A to increase in the next 12 months, 30% anticipating major surge; Middle East open to overseas oil servicing deals to enhance technology.
Posted: January 26, 2016
UAE. "The key to navigating the choppy waters we are currently experiencing in the oil and gas sector is good management of growth, costs, funding and externalities. Get those four factors under control and you give your organisation the best chance of success."

MIDDLE EAST BUSINESS COMMENT & ANALYSIS

date:Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
date:Posted: February 8, 2016
UAE. On a city wide basis, capital appreciation since 2009 has been a mere 16%, whereas the total returns including rent during the same period have been close to 70%.
date:Posted: February 7, 2016
UAE. The markets are looking for help as the US economy joins the pack with weaker than expected growth; Dollar weakness provides relief for Asia.
UAE. KPMG's inaugural "Variables for Sustained Growth" (VSG) Index tracks some of the most important factors that support economic performance in 181 countries; UAE ranks 24 based on metrics including infrastructure development, education and strength of public institutions.
INTERNATIONAL. "It's going to come to a point where there is just going to be no real economical benefit to any kind of production staying at any kind of level in those countries. And once they come off, that's going to obviously support oil prices."
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