Saturday, May 16, 2015

TOP STORIES

The resurrection of Capitol Theatre

IT will be curtains up at the grand, much-loved Capitol Theatre in three days, when it re...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Malaysia Q1 GDP up 5.6% on GST front-loading

THE Malaysian economy was powered to a 5.6 per cent expansion in the first three months...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Muted pickup in retail sales at S$3.4 billion in March

SINGAPORE retail sales edged up by a muted 2.1 per cent in March from a year ago,...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

US Senate votes to consider fast-track bill

A 12-NATION Pacific trade agreement has cleared a crucial test in the US Senate giving a...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Conserving the heritage of Capitol Theatre

TO those who may find themselves slightly disenchanted by the upscale transformation of...
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SATURDAY SOAPBOX

Argy-bargy and the economy of words

IT'S been a while since I've heard the phrase "argy-bargy". It seems...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM
LETTER TO EDITOR

Enforcement in Tiong Bahru not intended to diminish its vibrancy

WE refer to "Retail shakeout in Tiong Bahru" (BT, May 14), which highlighted...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

COMPANIES & MARKETS

StarHub Q1 profit falls 12% on more handset subsidies

STRONG demand for iPhones that spilled over from end-2014 into the usually quieter first...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Olam's Q1 earnings tumble on exceptional items

AGRIBUSINESS group Olam International - which has changed its financial year-end from...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

UE's Q1 profit surges as Mflex recovers

A PREVIOUSLY loss-making subsidiary's return to profitability gave a fillip to...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM
STOCKS

STI up 0.3% in week of quiet trading

IN FIVE trading days, the Straits Times Index (STI) managed an 11-point or 0.3 per cent...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

A-HTrust to divest Pullman Cairns International for A$75.1m

ASCENDAS Hospitality Trust (A-HTrust) announced on Friday that it had entered into a put...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

YuuZoo back in the black with Q1 profit of US$3.2m

MAINBOARD-LISTED Internet stock YuuZoo posted a net profit of US$3.2 million for the...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

SIA adopts multi-pronged approach to keep its edge

SINGAPORE Airlines' key strategies are starting to take shape as it continues to...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

REAL ESTATE

Eco World sees stable sales at Iskandar

DESPITE recent negative sentiment and concerns over a potential housing glut in Iskandar...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Luxury home prices in Singapore hardest hit among 35 cities: Knight Frank

PRIME residential prices fell the most in Singapore among a pool of 35 cities in a study...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

BANKING & FINANCE

SEC the last hurdle in banks' forex pleas

BANKS want assurances from US regulators that they will not be barred from certain...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Japan's top lenders boost shareholder returns after upbeat earnings

JAPAN'S top banks are stepping up dividend payments after reporting better-than-...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

ENERGY & COMMODITIES

Japan's big five trading houses to sell off assets

JAPAN's big trading houses, stung by large asset writedowns in the wake of the...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

TECHNOLOGY

Nvidia wants to leap from video games to self-driving cars

IT took Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia Corp the better part of a decade to gain...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Huawei bond signals international push

CHINA's Huawei Technologies raised its international profile this week with an...
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CONSUMER

Toshiba Corp faces multiple problems

ADD the prospect of being dumped from Japan's best-stocks index to Toshiba Corp...
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Walmart's bid to catch Amazon Prime seen as uphill fight

WAL-MART Stores, Inc's planned competitor to the Amazon Prime service will have a...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

TRANSPORT

Gulf airlines are grabbing US carriers' traffic: study

PERSIAN Gulf carriers expanding rapidly in the US are diverting passengers from Delta,...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Lust for bigger yachts leads California port to tap bond market

LONG Beach, a blue-collar town known for cargo freighters, is selling US$112 million of...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

LATEST US DATA

Strong dollar, cheap oil put brake on factory output in April

FACTORY production stalled in April, as American manufacturers were dealt blows by a...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Trade deal threatens Japan's food security: ex-minister

JAPAN's food security and farm industry are threatened by a US-led Pacific trade...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

China, India pledge to cool border dispute

CHINA and India proposed measures on Friday to resolve a long-festering border dispute,...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

US energy agency advises against China investment in LNG projects

The US Department of Energy has advised American companies not to allow Chinese companies...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

LIFE & CULTURE

As Letterman retires, late-night TV faces a changing landscape

IT was a typical week for late-night television: On NBC's Tonight show, host Jimmy...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

THE RAFFLES CONVERSATION

The duty-bound wealth manager

RESPONSIBILITY. It's a six-syllable word that carries much weight with Nicolas...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

INVESTING & WEALTH

Income inequality down to a fine art

WE don't know the identities of most of the buyers who made this a blockbuster week...
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Brokers' take

LOWER fuel costs and improved passenger yield were offset by taxes and impairment losses...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Why stocks belong in a retirement portfolio

FOR years, the trope in retirement planning was to reduce the stock holdings in your...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

OPINION

How to turn those clicks into customers

PUTTING customers at the heart of a business is nothing new. It's "Marketing...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Making healthy life years part of the currency of growth

AS health has moved to the front page, the discussion is no longer just about the cost of...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Lifestyle

Offbeat workshops

RUTH TAN is one crafty person, but we mean that in a good way. Since young, she began...
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GUEST CHEF

If it ain't broke, he won't fix it

THERE is the saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Aces go places

EVER get to the point in your career where, if you had to choose between the daily...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Off the eaten track

GETTING to Lepark is a little like trying to get to Platform 9 3/4 to catch the Hogwarts...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Into the woods

WHAT do risotto, woodland spirits and floral fabrics have in common with a swish menswear...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Indie design hub in Penang

A SECOND premium outlet mall is being built in Malaysia - at Batu Kawan, Penang,...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Get healthier in a heartbeat

AS we grow older our heart and vessels undergo age-related changes. Understanding these...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

A brand new drive

IT'S been a couple of decades and the competition is now close enough to sniff its...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Small cat, big plans

IT may be the smallest Jaguar but the XE represents the biggest investment that the...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM
BT CORPORATE GOLF LEAGUE 2015

New and old faces in 6th edition

WHEN this year's edition of the Business Times Corporate Golf League tees off in...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

Sentosa Golf Club's player adoption drive

WHEN Singapore's No 1 amateur lady golfer Koh Sock Hwee tees off in next month'...
PUBLISHED May 16, 2015 05:50 AM

BREAKING NEWS

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China's outcast steel machines find unwelcome home in South-east Asia

[MANILA] China banned induction furnaces last year in a crackdown on polluting producers of low-quality steel, but...
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Deep in the red: Chinese county pays price for vanity-project binge

[RUCHENG COUNTY, China] In the heart of an impoverished village in southern China, a life-sized statue of Mao Zedong...
Dec 17, 2018 12:03 PM

JGB yields touch over 5-month lows as growth fears keep markets on edge

[TOKYO] Japanese government bond (JGB) prices edged broadly higher on Monday, with the benchmark yield trading at a...
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Police, firemen search for cause of explosion in Japan's Sapporo

[TOKYO] Police and fire officials on Monday were searching for the cause of a dramatic explosion in the northern...
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Moroccan saffron farmers battle knockoff spices

[TALIOUINE, Morocco] Saffron farmers in southern Morocco have long taken pride in the coveted spice they produce from...
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