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  • Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

    Lego builds foundations in China classrooms as old markets slow

    Danish toymaker Lego is hoping to build a following with Chinese parents by promoting its place in the classroom as well as the toy box. The firm, famous for its brightly-coloured building blocks, is working with local education departments, State...

  • Ratings upgrade lifts Greek debt as other eurozone bonds falter

    Greek government bond yields dipped yesterday after a ratings upgrade from Fitch that highlighted improving sentiment towards the indebted southern European state. That marked an outperformance of eurozone peers, with yields across the currency...

  • Japan exports grow, manufacturers mood sours as yen rise clouds outlook

    Japan exports grow, manufacturers mood sours as yen rise clouds outlook

    Buoyant sales of cars and electronics led Japan’s exports to a 14th straight month of growth in January but manufacturers’ business confidence slid – highlighting fears of the rising yen disrupting an export-led recovery. The trade data came on...

  • Finance ministers choose Spain’s de Guindos for ECB vice-chair

    Finance ministers choose Spain’s de Guindos for ECB vice-chair

    Eurozone finance ministers yesterday chose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to succeed European Central Bank vice president Vitor Constancio in May, a move likely to boost the chances of a German becoming head of the ECB next year. The...

  • Gearing up for rate hike, UK households turn gloomier on finances – survey

    Gearing up for rate hike, UK households turn gloomier on finances – survey

    British households’ gloom about their finances deepened this month and most now expect borrowing costs to rise again within six months after the Bank of England raised interest rates in November, a survey showed yesterday. Data company IHS Markit...

  • Stocks break recovery streak

    World stocks were set to post their first loss in five days yesterday, breaking a winning streak that saw them recover almost half their losses from a violent sell-off two weeks ago. In a day of relatively quiet trading owing to market holidays in...

  • Money market report for the week ending February 16

    On February 12, the European Central Bank announced its weekly main refinancing operation (MRO). The operation was conducted on February 13 and attracted bids from euro area eligible counterparties of €1.32 billion, €0.23 billion lower than the...

  • Working in a gig economy

    Working in a gig economy

    The business world is so good at coining buzzwords that almost always disguise a hidden desire to maximise profits at the cost of weakening social values. One of the most controversial developments is the so-called ‘gig economy’ that is rapidly...

  • French jobs market turns corner, but skills mismatch a concern

    France’s unemployment rate dropped below nine per cent for the first time since 2009, adding weight to efforts by President Emmanuel Macron to liberalise a rigid labour market that remains hamstrung by a skills mismatch. The rate fell to 8.9 per...

  • New vessel agreement signed

    New vessel agreement signed

    Ship owner Achille Onorato announced that an important agreement was signed last week in Beijing with the GSI shipyard for the construction in Guangzhou, China, of new vessels for both passenger and goods transport. The ships, which will be...

  • Homeownership among young Britons plunges compared with 20 years ago – IFS

    Homeownership among young Britons plunges compared with 20 years ago – IFS

    The rate of homeownership among young, middle-income adults in Britain has more than halved over the last 20 years, according to research that highlights growing generational strains in British society. Only 27 per cent of Britons aged between 25...

  • Shipping movements

    The following ships are expected in Malta: The Karina from Skikda to Sousse, the Fas Dammam from Annaba, the APL Oregon from Koper to Damietta, the CMA CGM Rabelais from Aliaga to Valencia, the Okee Ann Mari from Aliaga to Bajaia (all CMA CGM...

  • Your financial position after you say ‘I do!’

    Your financial position after you say ‘I do!’

    The morning after the words ‘I do’ have been said, the reception is over and the newly-weds head to their honeymoon dreaming of their new journey together, they will wake up to a new financial reality which they themselves may not be aware...

  • Don’t panic

    Don’t panic

    Over recent weeks, since January 26 to be exact, financial markets have seen the most notable spike in volatility experienced over the last two years. The calmest period in financial markets since the 2008 crisis has been swiftly disrupted by the...

  • Addressing the gender pay gap

    An employee in Ireland who works in a warehouse had consistently been paid less than her male counterparts. She alleged she was doing the same work as the male employees and in some cases work of more value. She further alleged that despite...

  • AST Prospects MTF bond admitted to Stock Exchange

    The AST Group plc €1.835 million 5.5% 2028 Prospects MTF bond has been admitted to the Prospects MTF, a market regulated as an MTF and operated by the Malta Stock Exchange and trading of the bond commenced last Monday. The group will use the...

  • Hermes Linder Fund wins award

    Hermes Linder Fund Class A has been awarded the prestigious Thomson Reuters Lipper Award at the award-giving ceremony held earlier this month in Zurich, Switzerland. Hermes Linder Fund placed first out of 237 funds within the category of ‘Equity...

  • MSE index turns positive as global equities rebound

    MSE index turns positive as global equities rebound

    The MSE Equity Total Return Index recouped from the previous week’s minimal 0.021 per cent loss, having advanced by 0.424 per cent, to close at 8,633.597 points. Meanwhile, global equities recovered as investors shrugged off the latest indications...

  • US inflation rises faster than expected in January

    A much anticipated report on US inflation showed that consumer prices rose faster than expected in January, a sign of firming inflation that bolstered expectations of higher interest rates. The Labour Department reported last week that the...

  • New managing director of business advisory company

    New managing director of business advisory company

    JP Fabri has been appointed managing director of ARQ Group’s newly set-up economic and resilience advisory arm, ARQ Economic & Business Intelligence Limited, as well as a director of ARQ Group. He will also be leading the group’s blockchain and...