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  • Does China's strong Q1 growth point to a slowdown?

    HONG KONG -- China kicked off the year with better-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter, but it may be too early to celebrate the world's second-largest economy reaching beyond the government's target for 2017. Beijing could have pumpe

    April 18, 2017 04:43 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares fall in catch-up after long weekend

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares fell after a long weekend, as investors caught up with recent losses in mainland markets amid tighter regulatory scrutiny. Lingering geopolitical concerns over North Korea also remained a drag on risk s

    April 18, 2017 02:20 pm JST
  • Company in focus

    AIA's new chief has big challenges -- and big shoes to fill

    HONG KONG -- Mark Tucker, the respected chief executive of AIA Group, surprised financial markets on March 13 when he announced that he was leaving one of the world's largest life insurers by market value for HSBC, the struggling international bank.

    April 16, 2017 11:00 am JST
  • Chinese cities lag in livability rankings

    HONG KONG -- Despite their rapid economic growth, mainland Chinese cities are still much less livable than their developed peers in Asia-Pacific, the latest survey by U.K.-based consultancy ECA International shows.None of the major Chinese metropoli

    April 13, 2017 08:19 pm JST
  • US uncertainties drive up volume of commodities trade

    TOKYO/HONG KONG -- Commodities trading in major global exchanges edged up in the first three months of the year, against a backdrop of rising U.S. interest rates and uncertainty over President Donald Trump's economic policy. In particular, gold and

    April 13, 2017 07:17 pm JST
  • Prada loses its luster in Asia

    TOKYO -- Italian luxury fashion house Prada has suffered its lowest full-year profit since its initial public offering in Hong Kong six years ago, as sales in China and Japan -- the company's two earnings engines -- slumped.Prada shares dropped as m

    April 13, 2017 05:06 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares flat by noon as HSBC drops, developers gain

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares were little changed amid caution ahead of a long weekend, with HSBC Holdings declining after overnight losses on Wall Street, while mainland companies found support from U.S. President Donald Trump's co

    April 13, 2017 02:42 pm JST
  • World Bank boosts 2018 growth outlook for emerging East Asia

    SINGAPORE -- The World Bank on Thursday upgraded its economic growth forecast for 2018 for emerging countries in East Asia to 6.1%, up from the 6.0% it projected six months earlier.The bank said expanding infrastructure investment, rebounding demand

    April 13, 2017 11:44 am JST
  • A silver lining amid wedding bell blues

    HONG KONG -- Sarah Fung is only 26, but she is already worried she won't be able to get married."I am very nervous. Finding a boyfriend in Hong Kong is extremely difficult, and there is a lot of pressure," she said. Many young women are troubled ab

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • A silver lining amid wedding bell blues

    HONG KONG Sarah Fung is only 26, but she is already worried she won't be able to get married."I am very nervous. Finding a boyfriend in Hong Kong is extremely difficult, and there is a lot of pressure," she said. Many young women are troubled about

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Economists fret as China ponders growth versus stability

    HONG KONG Economists see the tighter monetary policy put in place by China's central bank as a downside risk. They worry that efforts to curb capital outflows and a real estate bubble will weigh on the economy.Tighter monetary policy has risen to se

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at hom

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • The ADB forecasts the slowest Asian growth since 2001

    MANILA Asia's growth will fall to its slowest pace since 2001 this year amid policy uncertainty in advanced economies and an outflow of capital, according to the Asian Development Bank.In its 2017 Asian Development Outlook, released on April 6, the

    April 13, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Cathay Pacific shuffles brass after first loss in a decade

    HONG KONG -- Cathay Pacific Airways chief executive Ivan Chu Kwok-leung is stepping down, the company said on Wednesday. The announcement comes less than a month after the Hong Kong carrier recorded its first annual loss since the global financial c

    April 13, 2017 12:05 am JST
  • Hong Kong shares rebound as geopolitical worries seen overdone

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares rebounded from near one-month lows, with Tencent Holdings and heavyweight financial shares leading the recovery, as some traders adjudged a recent selloff on geopolitical concerns to be overdone.The Han

    April 12, 2017 07:46 pm JST
  • South Korea's export recovery is on thin ice

    HONG KONG -- Despite a sustained rebound in exports since November, South Korea's manufacturing ended the first quarter with even more contraction, thanks to a souring relationship with its biggest trading partner China and political uncertainty at

    April 12, 2017 06:30 pm JST
  • Taiwan's Pou Sheng shakes off January scandal with solid March sales

    HONG KONG -- Taiwanese sportswear retailer Pou Sheng International, a subsidiary of the world's largest contract footwear supplier Pou Chen, saw its share price jump following the announcement of robust consolidated monthly revenue for March.Althoug

    April 12, 2017 06:07 pm JST
  • Hong Kong shares slide as flight to safety continues

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares headed for a fifth day of losses as mounting geopolitical worries continued to steer investors away from equities and toward traditional safe-haven assets.The Hang Seng Index slipped 0.2% to 24,046.47 b

    April 12, 2017 02:13 pm JST
  • Military tensions drag on Hong Kong as Shanghai stocks advance

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Hong Kong shares fell to near one-month lows as rising geopolitical worries in the Korean peninsula undermined investor sentiment. Mainland Chinese stocks diverged, sending the Shanghai equity gauge to a 15-month high.H

    April 11, 2017 07:36 pm JST
  • Guotai Junan Securities makes lukewarm debut in Hong Kong

    HONG KONG -- China's third largest brokerage Guotai Junan Securities received a lukewarm response on its debut on the Hong Kong stock market on Tuesday, closing the morning session unchanged.The stock finished at 15.84 Hong Kong dollars at noon, the

    April 11, 2017 04:50 pm JST