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Daily Debrief: What Happened Today
Singapore retail sales fell for the first time in six months in September amid poor motor vehicle sales, a sharp reversal from a strong showing in August. Retailers saw total takings decline by 0.5 per cent year-on-year, but when car sales was stripped away, retail sales actually grew 3.3 per cent, according to the latest data released by the Department of Statistics.
The Singapore Exchange's (SGX) reinstatement of the lunch break on Monday will be more street cart than full-service banquet when it comes to impact on trading volumes, analysts at Nomura's Instinet Pacific said in a report.
Singapore rigbuilder Sembcorp Marine (SembMarine) expects to clinch an engineering, procurement and construction contract estimated at US$490 million (S$665.8 million) from Norwegian oil group Statoil Petroleum.
The Land Transport Authority on Friday awarded a S$205 million contract for Circle Line 6 (CCL6) to the Singapore branch of China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
Crane-supplier Tat Hong Holdings on Friday said that it has received a non-binding letter from Standard Chartered Private Equity Singapore (SCPE) confirming its proposal to acquire shares of the firm at 50 Singapore cents apiece.
Noble Group's shares tumbled as the embattled commodity trader's cash holdings fell to the lowest in more than a decade, adding to pressure on what analysts say is an all but inevitable debt restructuring. The bonds due in March also dropped.
More than 100 businesses in Singapore could offer MyInfo - a service that allows customers to complete transactions online more quickly - as early as 2018. The MyInfo Developer & Partner Portal, which provides the necessary resources for any locally-based business to integrate their digital services with MyInfo, was unveiled on Friday by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech).
Yangzijiang Shipbuilding's (YZJ) executive chairman says the shipbuilding group now targets to wrap up financial year 2017 with US$2 billion of new orders, up from the previous full-year target of US$1.5 billion.
- GLP net profit up 34% in Q2 on higher revenue and forex gain
- Haw Par profits down by 4.4% to S$40.5 million as higher expenses weigh down earnings
- Vard slashes Q3 loss to 8m kroner from 80m year ago on higher revenue
- Pacific Radiance cuts Q3 net loss to US$13.2 million by slashing costs
- Gold miner CNMC's Q3 profit falls 46% to US$0.96 million on poorer ore grades
- FCL full-year profit up 15% on higher revenue, fair value gain
The STI Today
Shares in the local bourse closed lower with the key Straits Times Index (STI) losing 3.81 points or 0.1 per cent to cap the week's trading at 3,420.1 on Friday.