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New World Development takes Hong Kong lifestyle to another level, set to launch priciest serviced apartments

New World Development is set to displace Four Seasons Place as the operator of Hong Kong’s most expensive serviced apartments.Agents say NWD plans to offer leases at its K11 Artus serviced apartment development, part of the US$2.6 billion Victoria Dockside project in Tsim Sha Tsui, for a third more than what luxury hotel operator Four Seasons Place Hong Kong charges for its serviced suites in the IFC complex in Central.The Hong Kong builder will offer leases for as much as HK$167 per square… Source link

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Head of China’s biggest state firm in Hong Kong urges Beijing to deepen market reforms

The head of China’s largest and oldest state-owned company in Hong Kong has recommended that the government should let competitive forces play a bigger role in certain market-oriented industries.The government should continue to dominate industries monopolised by state entities, such as power distribution and transmission, whereas industries that are already populated by private enterprises or quasi-state companies should be allowed to compete.“Let the fittest survive,” said Fu Yuning, chairman… Source link

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Hong Kong developer Henderson Land sells a third of 101 units at Yuen Long project

Hong Kong developer Henderson Land sold about a third of the 101 apartments on offer at its Reach Summit project in Yuen Long on Tuesday, in further evidence a recovery in the city’s property market was taking hold after a five-month correction in prices.The apartments, ranging from 255 to 381 sq ft in area, were offered at an average discounted price of HK$16,088 per square foot, an increase of 1.3 per cent over the average price of HK$15,881 offered when the project was launched late last… Source link

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Hong Kong insurer Blue Cross adopts blockchain to speed up medical claims, eliminate fraud

Hong Kong’s insurance firms are fast embracing technology to keep up with their more nimble rivals.On Tuesday, Blue Cross (Asia-Pacific) Insurance said it has become the first insurer in the city to launch a blockchain-backed solution to speed up medical insurance claims and prevent fraud, adding that the distributed ledger technology will also help the company cut costs.Rivals Prudential, HSBC Life and Bowtie Insurance have started selling insurance products and processing insurance claims… Source link

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Shanghai Commercial Bank’s 2018 profit up 17 per cent on higher interest income, forfeited Hong Kong Life deposit

Shanghai Commercial Bank said on Tuesday that its profit rose 17 per cent in 2018, driven by higher interest income, particularly in the US, and an “extraordinary contribution” resulting from the failed sale of Hong Kong Life Insurance.The bank, which went private in 2017, reported a profit of HK$2.85 billion (US$363 million) for the year ended December 31, up from HK$2.43 billion a year earlier.“In the year ahead, the bank will take a more cautious approach to preserve good credit quality and… Source link

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Along with climate change come mosquito-borne diseases. Is Hong Kong ready for a public health emergency?

Months after Hong Kong was ranked by Bloomberg as the economy with the world’s most efficient health care, its public health system is caught in a crisis. More than 100 medical staff protested about the manpower crunch and ward overcrowding amid a winter flu surge in January, with many holding placards that sent the desperate message: “Breaking point”. This has been followed by a spike in measles infections since mid-March, and a shortage of vaccines. More alarmingly, the next public health… Source link

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Hong Kong co-working space too crowded, some operators may pull back in 2019, Savills says

Hong Kong has too many co-working spaces following rapid expansion in the sector, and some operators will withdraw from what has become a highly competitive market, industry analysts say.“There were too many operators coming to the city, all of a sudden,” said Ricky Lau, deputy managing director and head of office leasing at Savills Hong Kong.The global real estate services company believes 2019 will witness some pull back from the co-working concept. “It is still a bit too fast for Hong Kong,… Source link

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New transport projects will create nine hubs in Hong Kong, boost property, says Colliers International

New railway lines and road networks will lead to the emergence of nine office, retail, business and cultural hubs in Hong Kong over the next five to seven years, according to a new study by property consultancy Colliers International Hong Kong.Property in the districts of Admiralty and Tamar, Wan Chai, Central and Western districts, Eastern districts, West Kowloon, Kowloon City, Sha Tin, Tuen Mun and Hung Shui Kiu and Lantau North will report a boost in prices amid improved potential, the study… Source link

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CK Hutchison controlled biopharmaceutical company Chi-Med applies to list in Hong Kong

Hutchison China Meditech, or Chi-Med, a biopharmaceutical company specialising in cancer and immunological drugs controlled by Hong Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison Holdings, has applied to list on the city’s stock exchange through a flotation comprising Hong Kong and global offerings.CK Hutchison, which currently holds a majority 60.2 per cent stake, plans to reduce its shareholding to below 50 per cent, as this will allow the deconsolidation of Chi-Med numbers into its financial statements… Source link

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Demand for office space in Hong Kong cools by the most in five months, but rents edge higher

New office lease activity in Hong Kong dropped by nearly a third in March – the most in five months – amid softening demand from mainland Chinese companies, JLL’s latest report showed.The 30 per cent drop in office lettings pushed up the overall available space to 95,700 square feet or 4.8 per cent, up from 4.7 per cent recorded in February.“If we are talking about month on month basis, it is the biggest drop since November 2018 when it dropped 55 per cent,” said Denis Ma, head of research at……

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