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  • Malaysia's economy rises 5.8% in April quarter

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's economy in the April to June quarter expanded 5.8% from a year earlier, led by the private sector and a recovery in net exports, the central bank said on Friday.The outcome, the strongest since the first quarter of 2015, e

    August 18, 2017 05:06 pm JST
  • Southeast Asian workers press for big minimum wage hikes

    HANOI -- Calls for major increases in minimum pay are spreading through Southeast Asia as workers grow more conscious of their rights amid economic expansion and turn up the pressure on their governments.Malaysia and Myanmar are among the countries

    August 18, 2017 10:30 am JST
  • Malaysia's SP Setia warns cost escalation at Battersea development project

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysian real estate firm SP Setia, the joint developer of London's iconic Battersea project with Sime Darby, expects the cost of the second phase of development will top the initial estimate of 750 million British p

    August 17, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Strong 1H profit pushes up Geely shares 150% so far this year

    HONG KONG -- Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group saw the share price of its Hong Kong-listed unit rising 158.57% to 19.16 Hong Kong dollars so far this year as of Wednesday after the company reported that its revenue and profit for the fir

    August 17, 2017 12:23 am JST
  • Bumper crops weighing on palm oil prices in Southeast Asia

    SINGAPORE -- Palm oil producers in Southeast Asia have seen their stock prices falter, dragged down by sagging palm oil prices due to bumper crops. Share prices of palm oil producers in Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are likely to remain sluggish

    August 16, 2017 03:14 pm JST
  • DRB-Hicom's adviser urges shareholders to approve Proton stake sale to Zhejiang Geely

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysian conglomerate DRB-Hicom's independent adviser Tuesday urged shareholders to approve a proposed stake sale in carmaker units Proton Holdings and Lotus Group to China's Zhejiang Geely Holdings as the deal is "f

    August 15, 2017 04:33 pm JST
  • Anthony Couse

    Retail in Asia may finally be turning a corner

    Stung by acute challenges in the last decade, the gloom pervading the retail sector may soon be lifting in several Asian cities. The ubiquity of e-commerce has long been blamed for the doldrums, and there are some chilling figures underpinning it. R

    August 15, 2017 01:00 pm JST
  • Nikkei Asia300 Index recovers from weekly loss as US inflation damps Fed rate hike bets

    HONG KONG (Nikkei Markets) -- Asian stocks outside of Japan rebounded from a weekly loss, tracking gains on Wall Street after slower-than-expected U.S. inflation data eased expectations of another rate increase this year.The Nikkei Asia300 Index add

    August 14, 2017 09:24 pm JST
  • Singapore, Malaysia shares bounce back from weekly loss

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Shares in Singapore and Malaysia rebounded from last week's losses following gains in U.S. equities amid lowered bets of a near-term rate increase in the world's largest economy after slower-than-expected inflation d

    August 14, 2017 07:48 pm JST
  • Malaysia Airlines bets on higher passenger traffic to lift earnings, readies to fly new routes

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) -- Malaysia Airlines is readying to fly to as many as 30 international routes, mostly in China, and is betting on higher passenger traffic to boost earnings to help meet its 2019 relisting aim, its chief executive said.

    August 14, 2017 07:38 pm JST
  • For ASEAN, Japan is a key counterbalance to China

    TOKYO -- Five decades after the Association of Southeast Asian Nations was established, changing economic and political dynamics in the region are putting a spotlight on Japan's growing importance to the bloc as a counterbalance to China.Japan and t

    August 14, 2017 12:16 pm JST
  • Angel Gurria

    Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 14, 2017 09:00 am JST
  • Richard Heydarian

    Divided ASEAN hands China diplomatic coup

    The annual regional forum and related meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Manila brought together 27 foreign ministers from around the Asia-Pacific region -- but the outstanding result was a major diplomatic victory for

    August 12, 2017 04:14 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50

    ASEAN is looking good, but now looking up to China and India

    TOKYO -- The first 50 years of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations should be regarded as an overall success, but its future is anything but certain. Sandwiched between China and India, ASEAN could find itself overwhelmed economically by these

    August 11, 2017 07:27 pm JST
  • Petronas Chemicals' Q2 net profit doubles

    KUALA LUMPUR -- Petronas Chemicals Group said its second-quarter net profit rose 108% on the year, to 964 million ringgit ($225 million), thanks to a new plant and rebounding crude oil prices.Revenue for the April-June period climbed 24% to 3.96 bil

    August 10, 2017 10:00 pm JST
  • Malaysia's June industrial production grows 4% on year, beats view

    KUALA LUMPUR (Nikkei Markets) - Malaysia's industrial production rose 4% in June from a year earlier, the pace slowing from the previous month but trumped market expectations, led by gains in the manufacturing sector, official data released Thursday

    August 10, 2017 09:19 pm JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 03:30 pm JST
  • Asian music sensations break the sound barrier

    Move over, K-pop. South Korea has been a dominant force in Asian entertainment for about a decade, but a powerful combination of economic development and social media is changing the game. From Southeast Asia to China, other countries are producing

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • Angel Gurria: Making the digital age work for ASEAN

    Southeast Asia is one of the world's most dynamic regions, with vast endowments of natural resources, an increasingly diversified economy, an expanding middle class and growing global influence. With the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community in 201

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST
  • ASEAN AT 50: Nicholas Farrelly

    Time for idealism is over in ASEAN

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations will celebrate its 50th birthday in August with much backslapping and bonhomie. In recent decades, its 10 members have prospered, leaving behind the dark shadow of the Cold War when battles raged on almost

    August 10, 2017 10:00 am JST