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  • Inflation eases in March

    Inflation eases in March

    In March 2019, the annual rate of infl ation as measured by the Retail Price Index (RPI) was 1.89 per cent, down from 1.92 per cent in February 2019. The National Statistics Office reported on Monday that the 12-month moving average rate for March...

  • Arab League pledges $100m to Palestinians, rejects Trump's 'deal'

    Arab League pledges $100m to Palestinians, rejects Trump's 'deal'

    The Arab League has pledged to pay $100 million a month to the Palestinian Authority to plug the gap left when Israel blocked tax transfers earlier in the year. "We confirm that Arab countries will support the Palestinian state's budget... (to)...

  • Ghosn hit with fresh charge in Japan

    Ghosn hit with fresh charge in Japan

    Japanese authorities on Monday hit former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn with a fresh charge of aggravated breach of trust, the fourth formal indictment against the auto sector tycoon. Public broadcaster NHK and local news agency Jiji Press reported...

  • Europe’s fertility problem - John Cassar White

    Europe’s fertility problem - John Cassar White

    Just after World War II, Europe had a population explosion that gave rise to mass emigration to the US, Canada, Australia and South America. Governments introduced incentives for young people and families with young children to pack their bags and...

  • Should I pull on my jeans and feel alright?

    Should I pull on my jeans and feel alright?

    Spring started with a riveting moment for retail investors: after 34 years of absence from the stock market, Levi Strauss, the world’s most famous manufacturer of jeans, went public again. Initially priced at $17 per share, the stock soared to...

  • Investing in real estate: A REITs framework in Malta

    Investing in real estate: A REITs framework in Malta

    Investment in real estate has always been a priority for investors holding a well-diversified portfolio of assets. In the 2019 Budget speech, the Maltese government an­nounced its intention to create a regulatory regime for Real Estate Investment...

  • Rewards and employee well-being

    Rewards can either be classified as intrinsic – namely those that satisfy the employee through the job content, or extrinsic – which are rewards external to the job itself, such as the provision of bonuses and promotions. The magnitude of the...

  • Financing your dream home into reality – part 1

    The build-up to the signing of a contract over a property ushers with it plenty of stress and excitement. Apart from thinking out the ideal layout of a dream home or its perfect decor, the buyer needs to take a number of more mundane but highly...

  • Sustainable technology and hacking the future

    Sustainable technology and hacking the future

    For those terrified that the younger generation is wasting away its youth with video games, a Trendwatching study in 2013 tartly observed that women over 55 were spending more time playing online than men aged 15-24. At the same time, the...

  • Capital investment

    Capital investment

    Your love of hospitality has found fertile ground in AX Group's projects. What have been your achievements these past years? When I was little it was all about construction and I never imagined myself staying in the family business. But when my...

  • Equities bounce back as PG and HSBC rally

    Equities bounce back as PG and HSBC rally

    The MSE Equity Total Return Index partially recovered the previous week’s loss, as it climbed 0.561 per cent to reach 9,403.975 points. Gainers and fallers were once again balanced, as from the 19 active securities eight rose in value while seven...

  • Hopes lifted of a rebound in the German economy

    Germany’s ZEW investor confidence index rose sharply in April, raising hopes of a rebound in the eurozone’s largest economy. However, a sharp deterioration in the current assessment suggest that the outlook is set to remain underwhelming in the...

  • Disclaimer - April 21, 2019

    The information published in this page is intended for information purposes only. Any legal claim or action taken in the event of a dispute should be based solely on the legal texts concerned. For more information, call the Office for Consumer...

  • Buying goods off premises: these are your rights

    Buying goods off premises: these are your rights

    Consumer law defines off-premises sales contracts as contracts concluded in the simultaneous physical presence of the trader and consumer in a place that is not the business premises of the trader. These kinds of sales are usually concluded either...

  • Rental problems

    Q: A month ago my flatmate and I signed a rental contract for a two-bedroomed house. Upon checking the house before signing the contract, we noticed that in one of the bedrooms there was a black spot on the ceiling and the corner of the room was...

  • Weekly advice - April 21, 2019

    • Consumer legislation provides a 14-day withdrawal period for goods or services bought off-premises. • Consumers must be informed about the right of withdrawal in writing. If not, this right is extended to 12 months or to 14 days after consumers...

  • Briefs - April 21, 2019

    APCO Systems, the payment solutions specialist and owner of the APCO Pay brand, has appointed George Kakouras as its new managing director. He will lead the implementation of APCO Systems’ ambitious growth and innovation strategies and steer the...

  • Rising overseas borrowing

    Rising overseas borrowing

    From my experience within the fixed income space, specifically the riskier bonds segment, we have been observing an increase in the number of companies borrowing from other jurisdictions. Over the past years we have seen a substantial increase of...

  • Working in an outside office

    Working in an outside office

    iGO, the newest ride-hailing company developed and introduced by Famalco Group, has just hit the Maltese roads. The company’s main aspiration is to effectively provide consumers with a service that is accessible and affordable and that is operated...

  • KTM, a philosophy of excellence

    Austrian motorcycle manufacturers Kron-rief Trunkenpolz Mattighofen, known the world over as ‘KTM’, have established themselves as one of the largest motorcycle manufactures in Europe, forging an incredibly dominant and decorated name in...