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  • European Commission to check e-commerce

    The European Commission is launching a competition inquiry in the e-commerce sector. Although more and more goods and services are traded over the internet in Europe, cross-border online sales within the EU are only growing slowly. This is partly...

  • Newly listed MGS up 16.1%

    This week investors turned their focus to the local sovereign debt market as turnover amounted to €47.1 million spread across 24 issues of which 19 gained ground and five fell in value. The newly listed 3% MGS 2040 (I) r registered a significant...

  • US economic growth slows in 4th quarter

    US economic growth cooled in the fourth quarter as previously reported and after-tax corporate profits took a hit from a strong dollar, which could undermine future business spending. Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.2 per cent annual rate,...

  • Shares up at end of down week as oil prices retreat

    Wall Street and European stocks edged ahead yesterday but remained en route to a losing week while US Treasury debt prices jumped on government data indicating US economic growth was slowing. Brent oil fell below $50 a barrel after Thursday’s...

  • Carney says that Bank of England rates likely to rise

    Carney says that Bank of England rates likely to rise

    The Bank of England expects its next move in interest rates to be an increase not a cut despite record low inflation, Bank of England governor Mark Carney said yesterday, underscoring his difference of view with the bank’s chief economist. “We’re...

  • Medserv maintains positive trend

    Medserv maintained its positive trend following the publication of the 2014 financial results on Monday showing a significant improvement in profitability. The share price of Medserv advanced for the fourth consecutive session with an increase of...

  • Taking stock of the current state of credit markets

    Taking stock of the current state of credit markets

    European credit markets, most notably Investment Grade corporates and sovereign bonds, have had a remarkable run so far in 2015, but so have their equity counterparts which surged ever since Mario Draghi officially announced the ECB’s QE program...

  • Attention remains on Greece

    The attention remains focused on Greece and whether it will be exiting the eurozone. This week the Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, met German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the discussion had to deal with the request from Greece for an...

  • Shell to cut more UK North Sea jobs in 2015

    Shell to cut more UK North Sea jobs in 2015

    Royal Dutch Shell is planning further job cuts in its UK North Sea oil and gas business in 2015, the company said yesterday, just a week after a package of tax cuts from the Treasury aimed at encouraging growth in the industry. “Shell UK plans to...

  • Greece optimistic on deal with eurozone next week

    Greece optimistic on deal with eurozone next week

    Greece is optimistic about reaching a deal on economic reforms with its eurozone peers early next week, unblocking urgently needed funding, its economy minister said yesterday. After talks with EU leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel...

  • Microsoft supports data protection conference

    The proposed new EU General Data Protection Regulation will be the main topics of a half day information seminar being hosted by the Malta IT Law Association The seminar, ‘Data protection at a Crossroads: Re-inventing wheels or chasing...

  • MUC events on conflict management and mediation

    Malta University Consulting Ltd is organising a half-day seminar on conflict management and a short course on mediation at the University Residence, Robert Mifsud Bonnici Street, Lija. During the seminar on conflict management, being held on April...

  • HR guru for Business Leaders Malta

    HR guru for Business Leaders Malta

    Denis Cauvier (picture), a global HR, talent management speaker, consultant and best selling author, will be speaking at the Business Leaders Malta HR spring conference on April 29. He will focus on finding, engaging and retaining exceptional...

  • EU signals further divergence from global banking regulations

    EU signals further divergence from global banking regulations

    The EU will continue to diverge from global banking regulations where necessary to avoid overburdening smaller lenders, the bloc’s financial services chief said yesterday. European commissioner Jonathan Hill, in the job since November, said he...

  • Stocks slide as oil prices jump after Yemen air strikes

    Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped yesterday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen that fuelled worries Middle East energy shipments may be put at risk, although Wall Street later...

  • British taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds falls below 22%

    British taxpayers’ stake in Lloyds falls below 22%

    British taxpayers have recovered £9 billion from their bailout of Lloyds Banking Group, following a £500 million share sale that has reduced public ownership of the bank to just under 22 per cent. British taxpayers held a 40 per cent stake in...

  • Oil prices surge after Saudi air strikes in Yemen

    Brent crude oil soared more than 4 per cent towards $59 a barrel yesterday after Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies began a military operation in Yemen, which sits on a key shipping passage between Europe and the Arab Gulf. The air strikes...

  • Share index down for third consecutive day

    The share index trended in negative territory for the third consecutive session with a further 0.1 per cent drop during this morning’s trading session to 3,757.011 points. Today’s decline was due to the 0.8 per cent drop in the share price of Bank...

  • Are the prices of Malta Government Bonds right?

    This week the new Malta Government Stock 3% 2040 started trading; up to the time of writing, the last traded price has shot up to over 117 on the Malta Stock Exchange from its initial public offer price of 100. No wonder this issue was heavily...

  • Barts will give Gozo €9m cash

    Barts will give Gozo €9m cash

    Gozo will receive a cash injection of up to €9 million annually when the Barts medical school starts operating at full capacity, initial studies have shown. The proposed medical school will receive its first student intake for the scholastic year...

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