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  • Study on female participation in the Maltese labour market

    Study on female participation in the Maltese labour market

    PKF Malta’s team of economists and statisticians will in the coming weeks conduct a follow-up on a study carried out by PKF in 2016 on female participation in the Maltese labour market. PKF’s previous study indicated that the main reason for women...

  • EU shares fall on renewed fear of trade conflict

    European shares fell for a second day yesterday on reports US that President Donald Trump is planning more tariffs on China, with Europe’s STOXX posting its worst performance since February. The pan-European STOXX 600 ended the session down 0.8...

  • How Coca Cola bought Costa coffee for €4.4 billion

    How Coca Cola bought Costa coffee for €4.4 billion

    The €4.4 billion sale of the Costa coffee chain to Coca-Cola began brewing when Whitbread's boss Alison Brittain crossed paths with the chief executive of the soft drinks giant at a conference in May. Brittain, who has led Costa-owner...

  • Turkey's Erdogan calls credit rating agencies 'imposters and racketeers'

    Turkey's Erdogan calls credit rating agencies 'imposters and racketeers'

    Turkey accused Western credit rating agencies on Friday of deliberately attempting to undermine the banking sector amid attacks on the lira. The scathing comments from President Tayyip Erdogan and his son-in-law, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak,...

  • MSE Equity Price Index retreats to over three-month low

    MSE Equity Price Index retreats to over three-month low

    Following the gains in the previous two trading sessions, the MSE Equity Price Index retreated by 0.42% to an over three-month low of 4,279.972 points. The drop in the local equity index was mainly driven by the sharp decline in HSBC which...

  • Juncker pledges to boost auto tariffs if Trump reneges on agreement

    Juncker pledges to boost auto tariffs if Trump reneges on agreement

    The European Union will respond in kind if US President Donald Trump reneges on his pledge not to impose car tariffs, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said as trade tensions between Europe and the United States rose again. Juncker...

  • Coca-Cola takes plunge into coffee with 3.9-billion-pound Costa deal

    Coca-Cola takes plunge into coffee with 3.9-billion-pound Costa deal

    Coca-Cola Co has agreed to buy coffee chain Costa for £3.92 million including debt to extend its push into healthier drinks and take on the likes of Starbucks and Nestle in the booming global coffee market. The purchase from Britain's Whitbread of...

  • Foreign Exchange issues - an important consideration when investing

    Foreign Exchange issues - an important consideration when investing

    Over the past few months, investors have been witnessing volatility in foreign exchange markets, primarily brought about political instability, in addition to economic shortcomings. There are two sides to this issue. The first is the risk of...

  • Understanding the consequences

    This week we had the resignation of Nicholas Hulot, the French Environment Minister. It was described as a severe blow to the credibility of President Emmanuel Macron. Hulot stated that he does not want his presence in the French Government to...

  • EU expects "substantial effort" from Italy on budget law - commissioner

    EU expects "substantial effort" from Italy on budget law - commissioner

    The European Union expects a "substantial effort" from Italy on its upcoming budget law, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici told financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore on Friday. Italy's anti-establishment...

  • Gold partnership agreement renewed

    Gold partnership agreement renewed

    The Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise and Industry and HSBC Bank Malta have renewed their long-standing gold partnership agreement, strengthening their excellent relations. The agreement was signed by Malta Chamber president Frank Farrugia and...

  • Trading in IHI and BOV dominate MSE activity

    Trading in IHI and BOV dominate MSE activity

    The MSE Equity Price Index moved higher for the second consecutive day on Thursday with a gain of a further 0.14% to 4,298.212 points. Four equities trended higher, another two performed negatively whilst the remaining five closed the day unchanged.

  • As clock ticks, Canada and US seek ways to salvage NAFTA

    As clock ticks, Canada and US seek ways to salvage NAFTA

    Talks between Canada and the United States are intensifying as the two countries push to hammer out a deal on a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement by a Friday deadline, with both sides upbeat about the progress made so far. Despite some...

  • PM’s full support to Ganapati Group

    PM’s full support  to Ganapati Group

    The two co-CEOs of Ganapati Group’s G8C issuing company, GanaEight Coin Limited, met with Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, who expressed his interest in the company’s ICO as Malta continues to promote itself firmly as the blockchain island. The...

  • Germany urges Europe not to adopt a 'Europe First' policy

    Germany urges Europe not to adopt a 'Europe First' policy

    Germany's finance minister warned against following a "Europe First" policy and said it was unclear whether the European Union would reach a Brexit agreement with Britain. European policies should promote the region's business and industry, Olaf...

  • Thailand: no indication that the economy needs a tighter policy, yet

    Thailand: no indication that the economy needs a tighter policy, yet

    Reason for a mixed sentiment Thailand’s trade data showed a significant negative swing in the trade balance as it entered a deficit of $516 million in July from a $1.6 billion surplus in the previous month. This came within stable trade growth -...

  • Panasonic to move European headquarters to Amsterdam - Nikkei

    Panasonic to move European headquarters to Amsterdam - Nikkei

    Panasonic Corp is to move its European headquarters from London to Amsterdam in October to avoid potential tax issues linked to Brexit, the Nikkei Asian Review said on Thursday. Moving the regional headquarters to continental Europe will also help...

  • IMF studying Argentina request for early help as peso crashes

    IMF studying Argentina request for early help as peso crashes

    The International Monetary Fund said it was studying a request from Argentina to speed up disbursement of a $50 billion loan program after a collapse in investor confidence in President Mauricio Macri's government sent the peso tumbling more than...

  • Credit rating reviews on Malta

    Credit rating reviews on Malta

    In recent weeks, three of the major international credit rating agencies issued their updated ratings on Malta. Although the main conclusions were reported in the local media immediately as the announcements were issued, it may be helpful to...

  • World stock index up, still below latest high

    A major global stock index rose slightly yesterday after three straight days of strong gains as investors braced for news on the American trade relations with Canada and China. Talks to renew Nafta, the North American Free Trade Agreement hinge on...