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  • Ensuring aviation safety

    The plane crash in the French Alps this year was one of the worst accidents in Europe. It sent shockwaves through the aviation industry and turned the spotlight on the safety of airlines transporting passengers around Europe. The current EU...

  • Slow Indian growth boosts calls for cuts in interest rates

    Slow Indian growth boosts calls for cuts in interest rates

    Indian growth slowed by more than expected in the quarter to June, a setback for Prime Minister Narendra Modi that will prompt more urgent calls from his aides for interest rate cuts. Many government officials in New Delhi had been talking about...

  • Cameron promises tough fines for not paying minimum wage

    British Prime Minister David Cameron said yesterday he would introduce tough fines for company bosses who fail to pay the so called ‘national living wage’ which will hit £9 an hour by the end of the decade. The current minimum wage for those aged...

  • Likelihood of eurozone break-up at nine-month low

    Likelihood of eurozone break-up at nine-month low

    Investor expectations of a eurozone breakup dropped to their lowest level in nine months in August as fears about a Greek exit from the bloc faded thanks to an agreement on a third bailout, Germany’s Sentix research group said yesterday. The...

  • China fears hit stocks and oil, boost volatility

    World stock indexes and commodities dropped yesterday as weak Chinese data revived fears about the effect of China's economic health on the global economy and fueled more market turmoil. Oil prices fell more than 7 per cent on concerns about...

  • Medserv plc jumps 16% to a new record

    Medserv plc jumps 16% to a new record

    The MSE Share Index closed today’s stock exchange session 0.3% higher at 4,222.307 points as the slight decrease in the equities of BOV and IHI were outweighed by gains in 5 other equities led by Medserv with a 16% rise to a new all-time high. In...

  • August and everything after

    August and everything after

    Global markets were rattled during the month of August, with the volatility index reaching levels not seen since the summer of 2011, an intra-day high of 53 on August 24, 2014, as fears of a slowdown in China sent shivers down investors’...

  • Why reforms don’t work so well in Italy

    Why reforms don’t work so well in Italy

    When Italian Public Administration Minister Marianna Madia tried to take advantage of a reform that should have allowed her to change her residency online, the local council said it couldn’t be done. Instead, Madia had to go three times in person...

  • Money market report for the week ended August 28

    On Monday, August 24, the European Central Bank (ECB) announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The auction was conducted on Tuesday, August 25, and attracted bids from euro-area eligible counterparties of €72.48 billion, €2.92...

  • Maersk Oil wins UK approval for production at North Sea’s huge Culzean gas field

    Maersk Oil has received approval by the UK’s Oil & Gas Authority to develop the largest gas field discovered in the UK North Sea in more than a decade, the Danish oil company said yesterday. The Culzean field is expected to produce enough gas to...

  • Confessions on Chinese stocks plunge

    Confessions on Chinese stocks plunge

    Chinese state media announced a slew of confessions yesterday following investigations into recent stock market gyrations, including from a detained reporter who admitted to spreading false information that caused “panic and disorder”. An official...

  • Suzuki Motor says it will buy back VW stake as court settles feud

    Japan’s Suzuki Motor Corp. said on Sunday it would buy back the 19.9 per cent stake it sold to Volks-wagen AG after an international arbitration court ordered the German automaker to sell its holding. Their planned partnership soured with the...

  • Stocks ease on China concerns while oil rallies

    World stock indexes edged lower yesterday amid persistent investor concerns about slowing growth in China and the prospect of higher US interest rates, while oil prices rallied. Oil was up more than $2 a barrel, rebounding from early losses, as...

  • Low inflation in Europe puts spotlight on ECB

    Low inflation in Europe puts spotlight on ECB

    With low price inflation serving as a reminder of the eurozone’s delicate health, the European Central Bank is having to reassure market investors that it can do yet more to help the economy. Fresh data showed yesterday that inflation throughout...

  • Analysing crude oil and equity markets

    Last Monday was a day many investors want to erase from their memory as the stock market wiped out substantial amounts of profit from their portfolio. The aggressiveness of the sell-off led to comparisons with the stock market crash in 2008 as...

  • Education: the ugly Swedish model

    Education: the ugly Swedish model

    This article is not about human aesthetics. It is about how easy it is to become complacent about education reform and how equally important it is to keep tweaking our education system to achieve excellence. For several years the Swedish education...

  • US retailers prod China for lower prices after devaluation

    US retailers prod China for lower prices after devaluation

    US retailers including Toys R Us are starting to negotiate with their Chinese suppliers to take advantage of lower manufacturing costs after China devalued the yuan, with many saying they want to be ready if currencies in China and other Asian...

  • ­­­Shipping movements

    These ships are expected in Malta this week: The MV Eurocargo Salerno from Salerno to Salerno and the MV Eurocargo Malta from Genoa to Genoa (Sullivan Maritime) today. The Vega Stockholm from Valencia to Tunis (Thomas Smith & Co Ltd) tomorrow. The...

  • Financial services 98% of total FDI

    Financial services 98% of total FDI

    Foreign direct investment in financial ser­vices and insurance activities grew again last year by €6.9 billion, bringing the accumulated total to €139 billion – 98 per cent of the total for Malta – according to the National Statistics...

  • Encouraging signs of Global turnaround

    Encouraging signs of Global turnaround

    The Global Capital Group’s restructuring plan, kicked off by the appointment of a new CEO in June 2014, is showing encouraging signs of success. The group registered a profit before taxation of €1.2 million for the first six months of 2015,...