FT Confidential Research

Customers take pictures of a red iPhone in an Apple store in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China, March 25, 2017. Picture taken March 25, 2017. © Reuters

Struggle for foreign brands in China spreads to provinces

FTCR data show multinationals under pressure from local rivals in key urban markets

  • Road looking clear for car-hailing in the Philippines

    Despite Uber's recent suspension, regulatory improvements likely for the sector

  • Informal jobs sector both a blessing and curse in Southeast Asia

    Unemployment rates low but income growth slowing

  • Banking in Cambodia: the money keeps flowing

    Strong growth continues but potential risks loom

  • Malaysians most pessimistic among Asean-5

    Sluggish growth and corruption scandal weigh on political and economic sentiment

  • Philippines outsourcing has human and robot problems

    Slowing growth requires workforce with better skills, creative AI response

  • China's online payments duopoly of one

    Alipay will lead WeChat Pay thanks to superior shopping and investment options

  • Jokowi approval rating survives protests and inequality

    FTCR data show Indonesian leader's popularity rising despite weak political outlook

  • China mortgage lending surges as house prices seen rising further

    Authorities have been wary of cracking down too hard on a vital sector of the economy

  • Challenges in Malaysia point to delayed election

    Palm oil problems, political boundaries and Najib's ratings suggest no vote in 2017

  • Caution required on Indonesia's plan for Batam

    Issues with implementation mean that pay-off is likely to take several years

  • Asean-5 survey shows little faith in political leaders

    FTCR's Political Sentiment Index suggests last year's optimism is fading

  • Shine comes off Asean consumer confidence

    FTCR Economic Sentiment Index dragged down by Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines

  • Duterte's popularity on the line in southern Philippine conflict

    Drawn-out conflict and slow rehabilitation would hurt implementation of policy agenda

  • On-demand delivery becomes a crucial battleground in China's internet wars

    Potential of already-huge market drives billions in funding with profits elusive

  • China DataView: First-time home buyers priced out of big cities

    Upgraders become largest buyers as incomes fail to keep up with surging house prices

  • Asia DataView: Chinese and Indonesians confident even as ratings diverge

    China and Indonesia see different ratings actions but household sentiment aligns

  • Korea Inc's China problems go beyond anti-missile system spat

    FTCR survey data show Korean names losing ground long before diplomatic row

  • Job insecurity rises in ASEAN despite economic recovery

    Survey finds GDP growth failing to boost labour markets

  • Philippine tax reform compromises may limit infrastructure drive

    Legislative spats over tax reforms could also concern credit rating agencies