CHINA'S deepening economic slowdown and a glut of supply has pushed the nation's office vacancy rate to the highest since at least 2008.

OIL retreated as signs of a sharp increase in US crude inventories and concerns over demand offset fears that rising violence in Venezuela will exacerbate a global supply crunch.

[LONDON] European companies aren't alone in their Brexit pain. Pfizer Inc., the US-based drug behemoth, says its costs for dealing with the upcoming split will reach US$100 million.