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  • The region's top companies: ASEAN 100

    Companies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are on the rise. Forty-four listed companies boasted market capitalizations of $10 billion or more as of the end of October, while 24 reported more than $1 billion in net profit during the most

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • What company rankings say about the region's economy

    BANGKOK -- Ranking Southeast Asia's top companies by market capitalization and net profit gives a good idea who the movers and shakers are in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam. But the list also reveals important

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Modest market caps not always a hurdle

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Don't let their relatively modest market capitalizations fool you: Some Southeast Asian companies have been making massive profit strides. These businesses have ridden the economic growth that has swept across the region, partly

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • The $10 billion club

    Meet Southeast Asia's most valuable companies

    BANGKOK -- Southeast Asia's $10 billion club keeps getting bigger. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations had 44 companies with market capitalizations of at least that amount at the end of October, up from 34 four years earlier. Sure, Japan

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Islamic State: The new face of terror

    In its quest to acquire manpower and support for its operations in Syria and Iraq, the Islamic State militant group is making deep inroads into Asia -- and achieving a level of success that al-Qaida could only have dreamed of. The growing presence o

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Kamal Alam: Syria offers clues to Islamic State's future in Asia

    One of the more remarkable documents found in the Osama bin Laden compound included a letter to the Islamic State group of Iraq and Syria cautioning Abu Musab al-Zarqawi over his group's extreme violence. The insurgency in Fallujah and Tal Afar

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Quenching Southeast Asia's thirst for bottled tea

    TOKYO -- As incomes rise in Southeast Asia, consumers are becoming more health-conscious and opting for low-calorie bottled teas over sugary soft drinks. This shift in tastes is opening up new opportunities for beverage makers from around the world.

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Taxi apps attract money -- and controversy -- in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- For Uber Technologies and other operators of taxi-hailing apps, the playing field has shifted from West to East. Loaded with funds from both local and Western investors, these companies are flocking to Southeast Asia, where tech-savvy c

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • List of ASEAN 100 companies

    ASEAN 100Singapore (25 companies)Banyan Tree HoldingsCapitaLandCity DevelopmentsComfortDelGroDBS Group HoldingsGlobal Logistic PropertiesHyfluxKeppel Corp. Neptune Orient LinesOlam InternationalOSIM InternationalOversea-Chinese Banking Corp.Raffles

    November 20, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Standard & Poor's

    JGB rating hinges on structural reforms

    SINGAPORE -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday night that he will postpone next October's consumption tax hike from 8% to 10% and dissolve the lower house on Friday. He made the announcement during a press conference at the prime minis

    November 19, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • ADB report

    Asia's integration driven by Western uncertainty

    MANILA -- Asia is becoming increasingly interconnected as economies move to reduce their reliance on the West, where growth has been sluggish, the Asian Development Bank said Tuesday. In its latest Asian Economic Integration Monitor, the bank sa

    November 19, 2014 10:30 am JST
  • Asian push

    Hitachi eyeing 30% sales growth with IT, infrastructure tech

    SINGAPORE -- Hitachi seeks to bolster operations in Asia outside Japan, marketing its latest products and services that marry information and infrastructure technologies. The company aims to boost Asian sales excluding Japan and China to 1.29 tr

    November 19, 2014 05:21 am JST
  • CIMB earnings slump

    Profits down as banks prepare for merger

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's leading lender, CIMB Group Holdings, said on Tuesday that its profit for the July-September quarter fell 16% to 890 million ringgit ($265 million) year on year because of foreign exchange losses and higher nonperforming lo

    November 18, 2014 10:17 pm JST
  • International banking

    Japan megabanks look for new sources of foreign-currency funds

    TOKYO -- Japan's three megabanks are raising more funds in currencies other than yen and dollars as they seek opportunities in overseas lending, such as by providing credit to blue-chip companies overseas and offering syndicated loans for resource d

    November 18, 2014 07:00 pm JST
  • Singapore Airlines' challenge

    Fewer paying customers have airline scrambling to adjust

    SINGAPORE -- Singapore Airlines suffered a year-on-year fall in passenger load factor last month and is adjusting its capacity accordingly. The airline's October operating results show the total distance passengers traveled declined 1.2% from a

    November 18, 2014 06:55 pm JST
  • Movie industry

    Southeast Asian filmmakers ambivalent on government incentives

    SINGAPORE -- Southeast Asia is making inroads into the international film industry through a combination of aggressive government incentives and growing Hollywood interest in adding local color and characters to attract Asian viewers. Malaysia a

    November 17, 2014 07:20 pm JST
  • CapitaLand Jakarta development

    Singaporean developer to build in Indonesia

    SINGAPORE -- CapitaLand announced Monday its first foray into Indonesia with a major development project in the capital, Jakarta. In a joint venture with Indonesia's Credo Group, the company will pursue its "pan-Asia strategy" with an integrated pro

    November 17, 2014 06:00 pm JST
  • Company background

    OSIM International

    OSIM International is most known for its premium massage chairs. The leather-covered chairs with their wide range of functions are popular among middle-class and wealthy consumers in Southeast Asia, China and elsewhere. The company's predecessor was

    November 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Company background

    Singapore Technologies Engineering

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) is one of Asia's largest defense and engineering groups. It has over 100 subsidiaries and associate companies spanning in 24 countries, which cover its four core businesses -- aerospace, land syste

    November 17, 2014 12:00 am JST
  • Company background

    Raffles Medical Group

    Raffles Medical Group is the largest private medical service operator in Singapore. It operates over 100 multidisciplinary clinics across Singapore, as well as medical centers in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Its renowned medical tourism business is suppo

    November 17, 2014 12:00 am JST