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  • Investor confidence in Germany falls for 10th consecutive month

    German investor confidence fell for the 10th consecutive month in October, a report showed last week. The ZEW Centre for European Economic Research said its index of investor and analyst expectations dropped to -3.6 this month from 6.9 in September.

  • Company briefs

    Company briefs

    HSBC Malta has introduced voice technology in its ATMs outside its operations centre at Qormi and in its branches at Sliema, Valletta, Paola, Mosta and Victoria to enable visually impaired people to use its banking facilities. Once a customer...

  • Effective design of school buildings

    Effective design of school buildings

    Excellence in the built environment is imperative and the design process must be cost-effective and suitable. Occupant comfort, appropriate ongoing maintenance and other sustainability indicators, such as those related to energy savings and larger...

  • City & Guilds qualifications for Caremalta carers

    City & Guilds qualifications for Caremalta carers

    Seventy-four Caremalta employees were presented with City & Guilds certificates after successfully completing courses leading to the diploma and specialist diploma. Certificates were distributed to the participants by Parliamentary Secretary for...

  • Nestlé and partners to create 100,000+ opportunities for youths in Europe

    Around 200 companies have joined forces under Nestlé’s Alliance for Youth to tackle the youth unemployment crisis in Europe, pledging to create more than 100,000 opportunities for young people in the coming years. This was announced by Nestlé...

  • New dog food ingredient developed by Mosta firm

    New dog food ingredient developed by Mosta firm

    The ‘Fisherman’s Daughter’, Jill Angell, visited a veterinary hospital and several pet shops around Malta to answer questions about her new brand of dry dog food. While it is manufactured in the UK, the unique connection with Malta is the dog...

  • International real estate buyers eye Punta del Este

    International real estate buyers eye Punta del Este

    Prices per square metre of up to €3,000 in prime ­locations in Uruguay International demand for second homes in Punta del Este in southern Uruguay is on the rise, in particular by European clients. “In popular locations in Punta del Este we’re...

  • Four Maltese bankers gain coveted status through Chartered Banker Institute

    Four Maltese bankers gain coveted status through Chartered Banker Institute

    Four committee members of the Institute of Financial Services – Malta (IFS-Malta) have achieved the pioneering distinction of carrying a dual award of a top MBA in Banking and Finance and the coveted Chartered Banker status from the Chartered...

  • Science at General Soft Drinks

    Science at General Soft Drinks

    General Soft Drinks Co. Ltd (GSD), responsible for bottling and distributing a wide range of soft drinks, was part of Science in the City. GSD set up an exhibition stand, whereby the Open Happiness Truck was converted into a laboratory. Thousands...

  • Innovative online solution for eCommerce service providers

    The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) has set up an online directory branded Blink – the first of a host of initiatives stemming out of the National eCommerce Strategy covering a seven-year period (2014-2020). Blink is a practical resource that...

  • Rolls-Royce says profit will not rise next year

    Rolls-Royce says profit will not rise next year

    British engineer Rolls-Royce yesterday warned that deteriorating economic conditions meant its profit would not rise next year as previously forecast, sending its shares plunging as much as 16 per cent. Rolls-Royce said the market for its main...

  • Cautious welcome for Apple devices

    Cautious welcome for Apple devices

    Apple has, for the second time in a month, introduced new hardware to the world. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 refresh the technology giant’s tablet range, while their desktop computer, the iMac, has been given a new 5K display to mark its...

  • Index regains some losses to end week marginally higher

    The Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) index partially recouped last week’s negative performance as it gained 0.12 per cent, to close at 3,342.651 points. Activity was spread across 14 equities of which seven gained ground, two declined and five closed...

  • Two-year high for European stock indexes

    World equity markets rallied, with European stocks gaining the most in more than two years, and bond prices fell yesterday as investors poured back into beaten-down markets on solid US corporate earnings and rising consumer sentiment. Wall Street...

  • Singapore Airlines aids affiliate Tiger

    Cash-rich Singapore Airlines Ltd (SIA) is injecting up to $110 million to take control of loss-making affiliate Tiger Airways Ltd, shoring up the budget carrier while scrapping its regional ambitions as competition rages. Announcing a record...

  • Daily currency report

    The US dollar got off to a subdued start with America’s central bank taking centre stage. The Federal Reserve last week knocked the dollar into a lower orbit after minutes from its last meeting voiced concern over the shape of the world economy,...

  • Hal Mann Vella Group launches €30 million secured bonds 2024

    Hal Mann Vella Group has launched to the public €30 million secured bonds due in 2024 at an interest coupon of five per cent of a nominal value of €100 per bond at par. The bonds are secured by a special hypothec on property of Hal Mann Vella...

  • Share index higher for third consecutive day

    Share index higher for third consecutive day

    The share index moved higher for the third consecutive day with a further 0.6 per cent increase to a one-week high of 3,342.651 points as various equities trended in positive territory during this morning’s session. Most notably, HSBC edged 1.8...

  • Economy in a liberal society

    I ended last week’s contribution with this statement: “…state support for individuals and businesses is a positive thing as long as this encourages initiative and independence. This is probably what today’s liberal society expects – but that is a...

  • Eurozone back in the firing line

    Eurozone back in the firing line

    After a two-year siesta, the eurozone is back in the financial markets’ firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc’s debt crisis began in 2009. This...

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