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  • 43% of retailers have positive outlook – PwC survey

    43% of retailers have positive outlook – PwC survey

    Almost half (43 per cent) of retailers questioned in a PwC survey say their business outlook for the next six months was a favourable one. The more optimistic ones have retail outlets in Sliema and Mosta and the least hopeful ones are located in...

  • Are we measuring the right thing?

    Are we measuring the right thing?

    Like humans, nations need and want indicators to measure their progress. And economic growth is widely used as the benchmark of national progress. Yet gross domestic product (GDP), our principal measure of economic well-being, and one which is...

  • Be a millionaire with Ryanair?

    Within 20 minutes two planes touched down at Malta International Airport, one arriving from Pisa, the other from London’s Luton airport. They were greeted with unusual joy. A band played, folk dancers performed and the passengers were given red...

  • A blockchain-based future for the Malta gaming industry

    Fourteen years ago, Malta made waves with the enactment of its remote gaming regulations, resulting in it being recognised as a world-class jurisdiction for regulated online betting and gaming operations. Now, Malta has set its eyes on the...

  • ‘Connecting Malta for a better future’

    ‘Connecting Malta for a better future’

    Vodafone Malta CEO Sonia Hernandez speaks to Anthony Manduca about the company’s plans for the future and the challenges of a small market. Vodafone will be investing €150 million over the next few years aimed at creating “the most engaging...

  • Nine equities gain ground, lifting index higher

    Nine equities gain ground, lifting index higher

    The Malta Stock Exchange Equity Total Return Index closed the four-day trading week 0.375 per cent higher at 8,683.062 points – fully erasing the previous week’s 0.126 per cent loss. Turnover amounted to €1.6 million and was spread across 17...

  • IMF warns against no-deal Brexit

    Britain could enter into a recession if it leaves the European Union without a formal trade deal, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned last week. The IMF is of the view that economic growth will slow down irrespective of any deal Britain...

  • Disclaimer - September 23, 2018

    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...

  • Is it fair? Know your rights when misled by sellers

    Is it fair? Know your rights when  misled by sellers

      Consumers sometimes purchase products or services and feel that the seller has not been completely honest during the transaction. They may, for instance, feel pressured into making a buying decision or after the purchase realise that they have...

  • CCT decision – defective wedding dress

    Q: A consumer purchased a wedding dress from a local seller for €839. During the reception, while the bride was dancing, she realised that the dress’ sewing was tearing apart around the zip. Luckily, the bride’s mother managed to temporarily fix...

  • Weekly consumer tips

    • Consumer legislation bans unfair and abusive trading practices. • A commercial practice is unfair if it is either misleading or aggressive. • Misleading commercial practices are normally the result of false or omission of important information...

  • Company briefs - September 23, 2018

    Hudson Group has announced the appointment of 10 additional directors to its various boards, as follows: Executive directors: Ray Grech, Hudson Holdings Ltd; Ritianne Grech, Hudson International Company Ltd; Martin Gregory, Hudson Holdings Ltd;...

  • Farsons cautiously optimistic of growth

    Farsons cautiously optimistic of growth

    Farsons Group’s investments over the past decade yielded the improved results presented in the interim report for the six months ending July 31, the company said. Turnover exceeded €51 million, an increase of 4.1 per cent over the same period last...

  • The role of future leaders within a globally changing context

    The role of future leaders within a globally changing context

    I recently met John* who, after long years of being employed in a highly technical position, has been promoted to manager leading a team of 20. This was also a gesture by his company to acknowledge his long-term service. However, he confessed that...

  • Screen time dos and don’ts – BeSmartOnline

    Since the inception of TV, screen time has been cited by parents and educators as being an issue among children and youth. The proliferation of tablets and smartphones seems to have rekindled such worries, particularly in view of the fact that...

  • Famalco 24 years young

    Famalco Group will soon be celebrating its 24th anniversary. Set up by the three Mallia brothers in 1994, the name derives from ‘fa’ from family, ‘mal’ from Mallia and ‘co’ from company. The siblings, Sandro, Hermann and Etienne, inherited their...

  • Higher education institute students place among world top 10

    Higher education institute students place among world top 10

    Twenty-seven students from St Martin’s Institute of Higher Education, a licensed higher education institution by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education and affiliate institution of the University of London, ranked in the top 10...

  • Summer party at Cavalieri

    Summer party at Cavalieri

    STM Malta held its annual summer party at the Cavalieri Art Hotel. The music, seaside, food and surprises created an excellent ambience for the evening.  Deborah Schembri, managing director of STM Malta, said such events gave all the team the...

  • Halmann Vella imports new brand

    Halmann Vella imports new brand

    Halmann Vella has added a new brand to its range – Infinity: The Engineered Surface. Infinity specialises in the production of high-performance slabs in porcelain stoneware up to a maximum measurement of 1,620 × 3,240mm. The slabs are composed...

  • The significant benefits of a great property management system

    The number of consumers in the hospitality industry in Malta keeps growing every year, which is why many business owners realise the importance of having a good hospitality management system. Such a system enables businesses to provide the same...