Singapore 

Number of babies born in Singapore drops to 8-year low, Singapore News

The number of babies born here last year fell to an eight-year low, posing more demographic challenges for an ageing population. The Report on Registration of Births and Deaths 2018 said 39,039 births were registered last year, a 1.5 per cent drop from 2017. At the same time, the number of deaths grew by 1.8 per cent, from 20,905 in 2017 to 21,282 last year, according to the report by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority. A greying population means deaths have been on an upward trajectory since at least 1998,…

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Chinese companies’ cash heading for Europe, North America drops to five-year low as capital controls, scrutiny abroad puts the brakes on investment

Chinese companies invested just US$12.3 billion in the advanced economies of Europe and North America in the first half of the year, the lowest amount since 2014 and almost a fifth less than last year, according to data compiled by law firm Baker Mckenzie.The decline has been almost entirely down to state-owned firms turning their backs on the EU and America, a research report issued by the firm on Thursday found. Private firms accounted for 94 per cent of the total spend in the first six… Source link

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Singapore 

Good deals must share July 1-7: KOI drops $4.40 popcorn latte collab with Garrett’s , Lifestyle, Singapore News

We scour the island for the best deals to help you stretch your dollar, and keep you in the loop on the hottest shopping trends. ‘Cos good things must share. $4.40 KOI X GARRETTE POP POP TEA LATTE In case you’re having trouble keeping up with the newest drink trends, popcorn has become the new boba and is being used as a topping in KOI’s newest Pop Pop Tea Latte.  Yes, that’s right. The famous bubble tea chain dropped a new collab with Garrett’s popcorn to release a drink that combines black…

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Hang Seng Index drops by the most in five weeks as Hong Kong’s biggest protest rally in decades finds city on edge

Hong Kong stocks fell by the most in five weeks, as traders pocketed their profits from a recent run-up in prices after the city’s police fired tear gas on demonstrators protesting a controversial extradition proposal.The Hang Seng Index fell 1.7 per cent to 27,308.46, its biggest daily decline since a 2.4 per cent plunge on May 9 amid escalating tensions between the United States and China over trade.“The main issue the market is facing is still the Sino-US trade tussle. We have not seen the… Source link

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China 

China business outlook drops to lowest level on record amid US trade war, May’s Caixin PMI report shows

Combined expectations among Chinese manufacturing and service-sector companies for the year ahead – particularly smaller, private-sector firms – dropped to the lowest level on record in May as the escalating US-China trade war eroded firms’ confidence, according the latest Caixin Purchasing Managers’ Index published on Wednesday.The future outlook among manufacturing firms alone weakened to it lowest level since April 2012 when the series began, while service providers remained the least… Source link

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Singapore 

Frenzied shoppers and long queues as new Uniqlo x KAWS collection drops in Asia, Singapore, China News

Uniqlo’s just dropped a new collection and shoppers in Asia have gone nuts. The Japanese clothing company released its latest collaboration with American contemporary artist KAWS on Monday (June 3), and the collection’s been overwhelmingly popular with fans. The KAWS: Summer Collection features 12 t-shirt designs for adults, six for kids, as well as three tote bags, with prices starting from $19.90.  But a quick check on Uniqlo’s Singapore website shows that most designs have run out of sizes, and popular ones have already been snapped up from its online inventory.  That’s no surprise considering the…

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Global 

China economy to get more stimulus to fight trade war tariffs? Official drops hint help may come

The debate over whether China needs a new round of stimulus to offset weakening economic growth has returned, following disappointing April economic data and the threat by the United States to expand tariffs to cover all Chinese imports.That debate will intensify with the news that Wang Yang, a member of the ruling Communist Party’s policymaking Politburo Standing Committee, told Taiwanese businessmen at a meeting in Beijing on Thursday that the trade war, in the worst case scenario, could cut… Source link

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China 

China’s economic growth unable to boost employment as job market drops to six-year low, says think tank

Despite better-than-expected economic growth in the first quarter, China’s job market performed at its worst level in six years at the start of 2019, according to an industry report published on Friday.The number of jobs seekers normally rises during January to March when many workers look to change jobs and college graduates start looking for career opportunities after their graduation. However, in the first quarter, the number of potential applicants rose to the highest level since 2011 while… Source link

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China’s stock benchmark drops from one-year high as carmakers weigh on sentiment

China’s stocks fell from a one-year high, as carmakers ran out of gas following a rally spurred by speculation about government stimulus to bolster car salses.The Shanghai Composite Index dropped 0.4 per cent, or 12.92 points, to 3,250.20 at the close on Thursday after rising to the highest level since March 2018 a day earlier. A gauge tracking auto stocks slumped 1.9 per cent after surging 7 per cent over the past two days, according to data provider Shanghai DZH. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index… Source link

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KFC unleashes their inner hypebeast, drops limited-edition sneakers, Singapore News

Get ready for a new player in the streetwear scene.  You may recall the rush to grab a limited-edition McDonald’s McGriddles hoodie earlier this year, but wait, there’s more. KFC has just announced that they will take one great step into the fast-food fashion scene. The fast-food chain revealed that they will release limited-edition sneakers for the ultimate fans out there.  But before you rush to cop this drop, KFC added that only eight pairs of shoes are available for grabs.  In a Facebook post on April 12, the brand teased their new kicks: In line…

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