Ascott wins deals to manage 4 properties totalling 1,200 units

THE Ascott has clinched contracts to manage four properties totalling 1,200 units - in Malacca in Malaysia, Davao in the Philippines, Guangzhou in China and Cebu in the Philippines.

Condo price increase eases to 0.6% in Dec: NUS index

PRICES of completed private apartments and condos in Singapore rose 0.6 per cent in December compared to the previous month.
SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore R&D tax perks could be among world's weakest when PIC expires: KPMG

MORE targeted measures are needed for companies to drive innovation, with the expiry of the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme this year, said small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and observers.
S'PORE BUDGET 2018: NEWS ANALYSIS

Restructuring: SMEs urged to seize the day while the going is good

PROSPECTS may be looking up, but SMEs need to push ahead with their restructuring efforts to be future-ready, instead of taking this opportunity to take their foot off the accelerator.

Completed condo prices 0.6% higher in December than November: NUS index

PRICES of completed private apartments and condos in Singapore rose 0.6 per cent in December compared to the previous month.

Only 14% of SMEs intend to internationalise: survey

ONLY 14 per cent of small and medium-sized enterprises here intend to expand ovearseas while almost half had no interest in taking their business beyond Singapore in the near future, a survey found.

SIA launches digital innovation blueprint, partners key agencies

SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) launched its Digital Innovation Blueprint on Monday, with the unveiling of key bilateral partnerships with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Economic Development Board (EDB) and National University of...

Broker's take: Maybank Kim Eng keeps 'buy' on Viva Industrial Trust

MAYBANK Kim Eng Research kept its "buy" call on Viva Industrial Trust (VIT), saying that its positive rental reversions at its well-located business park properties are expected to gain momentum, even as investors await details of possible merger talks given its share suspension on Jan 26...

Singapore stocks open higher on Monday; STI up 0.4%

SINGAPORE share prices opened higher on Monday with the Straits Times Index up 13.51 points to 3,580.65 as at 9.01am.

Stocks to watch: Noble Group, Ying Li, ESR-Reit, Viva Industrial Trust, Pacific Radiance

THE following companies saw new developments which may affect trading of their shares on Monday:

Ascott bags deals to run 4 properties in Malaysia, the Philippines and China

THE Ascott clinched contracts to manage four properties with 1,200 units in new cities Malacca in Malaysia and Davao in the Philippines, while deepening its presence in Guangzhou in China and Cebu in the Philippines.

Factory output growth hits seven-year high in 2017; economists see moderation this year

MANUFACTURERS can pat themselves on the back for their stellar performance in 2017, when output grew at its strongest pace since 2010.
CUBICLE FILES

New year, new boss? No sweat

WE have all been there before. A new boss - be it your department head, direct supervisor or chief executive - arrives, and suddenly, everything is up in the air.

Factory output up 10.1% in 2017, fastest pace in seven years

MANUFACTURERS had a stellar run in 2017 with output expanding at its fastest rate since 2010, even as December's lower-than-expected industrial production figures ended the year on a more somber note. ...

Foreign workforce: take into account economic cycles

SINGAPORE'S shrinking resident population has many serious consequences, and it must allow a certain rate of net immigration to augment its resident population, Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) said on Monday...
SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Developing, drawing unicorns to Singapore a possible growth strategy: SME panel

UNICORNS in Singapore may not be so mythical after all, if the government takes on board a recommendation from a committee led by the Singapore Business Federation (SBF).

Budget 2018: SMEC suggests developing startups into unicorns as a growth strategy

ATTRACTING and developing promising startups to become unicorns - or startups valued at over US$1 billion - is recommended as a strategy to drive Singapore's growth...

iPhone helps dial up Nov retail sales growth to 2-year high

RETAIL sales surged in November with their strongest growth in almost two years, reversing course from the slump seen in October possibly due to the launch of the iPhone X and improved consumer sentiment, say economists.
CUBICLE FILES

Is pay transparency really the way to go?

IF YOU are able to find out exactly how much your colleagues around you earned, would you want to know?

Singapore retail sales up 5.3% y-o-y in November, reversing slump in October

RETAIL sales surged in November, reversing course from the slump in October.

Industry transformation maps 'disconnected from needs of businesses'

NOT all businesses have benefited from the industry transformation maps (ITMs) that have been widely touted as the government's strategy to propel the economy into the future, said panellists at a pre-Budget roundtable on Tuesday...

End goal is to create good jobs, says Liang Eng Hwa at Pre-Budget Roundtable

IN developed economies of today, economic growth and activities are just a means to an end, which is to create good jobs, said Liang Eng Hwa, chairman of the Government Parliamentary Committee for Finance, Trade & Industry, on Tuesday.
BT OUTLOOK 2018

SMEs hope for pickings in 2018, but are still dogged by challenges

The Singapore economy may have performed much better than expected last year, but many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still waiting to reap the gains from that.
BUDDING ENTREPRENEURS

Maximising human potential with chatbots

Enterprise chatbot solution Botbot.AI’s founder and chief executive officer aims to combat under-employment by moving people from repetitive, menial tasks to higher-value-added work through technology.
TOP STORY

Cookie-cutter won't cut it anymore

In the constant fight to keep up with ever-changing tastes of consumers, differentiation is no longer a luxury but a necessity for SMEs.