Trends

Soft, fine Merino wool was introduced to Australia from Spain in the 1800s. © AAP

Australian wool thrives as Chinese hunger for a natural feel

Growing demand and new sportswear market push up prices by 30%

  • Startups not status: Japan's top grads rethink success

    More University of Tokyo alumni are seeking careers outside government and big companies

  • Digital tech helps people remember deceased loved ones

    Posthumous 3-D-printed figures and video messages console bereaved family and friends

  • World's largest watch show shrinks on weak Chinese demand

    Exhibitors fall by half at this year's Baselworld in Switzerland

  • China's new e-commerce players take on Alibaba and JD.com

    Xiaohongshu and Kaola.com gain followers by going social and specializing

  • Hong Kong accelerates IPO rule changes

    Exchange shortens consultation in bid to capture global tech offerings

  • Asian lenders vie for supremacy in project financing

    Chinese and Indian rivals poised to knock Japanese megabanks off their perch

  • Multinationals in Asia

    Uber turns over a new leaf in Asia

    New CEO wants to move past scandals and friction with foreign governments to grow 'in harmony'

  • Your office's air conditioner is watching you

    Japan's Daikin to collect and sell data on how employees interact

  • Dentsu to spend over $468m on M&As in 2018

    As domestic market slows, Japanese ad leader continues overseas shopping spree

  • China surges ahead of US in AI startup funding

    The country now also world's No. 1 in patent publications

  • China's environmental crackdown means big business for Japan

    Manufacturers' expertise likely to be in demand as Beijing tightens pollutant rules

  • Indian mobile carriers rush to bolster video content

    Reliance Industries buys stake in New York-listed Bollywood studio Eros International

  • Indian 4G users contend with world's slowest speed as data usage surges

    OpenSignal's report ranks India last among 88 countries

  • Comment

    Japanese boardroom reform: Beyond the 'Lehman Sisters' hypothesis

    Ethnicity and age added to the upper-management diversity mix

  • Private banks in Asia see another year of strong growth

    Discretionary portfolio management draws more investors

  • Thai renewables companies forced to seek opportunities abroad

    Government control and rising competition mean less room for domestic growth

  • Wooden workplaces work wonders for Japanese productivity

    Experts see increased brain activity and faster typing in comfy interiors

  • Australian miners ramp up investment in electric-vehicle metals

    Copper and lithium among targets for spending as demand and prices climb

  • Singaporean education companies expand overseas presence

    English and math teaching expertise driving success in China, Vietnam and beyond