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Indonesia sees $1.6bn gain from halal labelling rule

Indonesia sees $1.6bn gain from halal labelling rule

Indonesia is set to make halal labelling mandatory for consumer products and services this year with the government assuming greater control of the certifying process from the Muslim-majority nation’s Islamic cleric council.

Southeast Asian nations seize opportunities in Islamic finance sector

Southeast Asian nations seize opportunities in Islamic finance sector

The three predominantly Muslim countries out of ten in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), namely Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, are on the way to form a new hub for Islamic finance and the wider halal industry through their current roadmaps to develop the sector.

Worst yet to come for Dubai real estate: S&P

Worst yet to come for Dubai real estate: S&P

The worst is yet to come for Dubai’s real estate after prices already plunged close to levels last seen during a crash a decade ago, according to S&P Global Ratings.

‘Despite US sanctions, Iran crude oil exports rise in early 2019’

‘Despite US sanctions, Iran crude oil exports rise in early 2019’

Iran’s exports of crude oil were higher than expected in January and are at least holding steady this month, according to tanker data and industry sources, as some customers have increased purchases due to waivers from US sanctions.

Brexit accelerating Japanese exodus from UK: Analysts

Brexit accelerating Japanese exodus from UK: Analysts

Panasonic, Sony, Nissan and now Honda: a recent exodus of Japanese firms from Britain is not solely down to Brexit, analysts say, but it has in many cases accelerated the decision to leave.

Japan business mood sours; tough year expected ahead

Japan business mood sours; tough year expected ahead

Japanese business sentiment worsened in February to levels last seen in late 2016, the Reuters Tankan poll showed, in a sign companies took a hit from weakening demand both at home and abroad in the face of slowing global growth and trade friction.

US-China trade talk doubts weigh down global stocks

US-China trade talk doubts weigh down global stocks

Stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic mostly softened yesterday after a mixed session in Asia, with investors harbouring growing doubts over the chances of success at US-China trade talks, dealers said.

Pakistan’s FDI hits 6-month low in Jan

Pakistan’s FDI hits 6-month low in Jan

Although Pakistan has stepped up efforts to attract billions of dollars in foreign investment since the current fiscal year began in July 2018, the investment dropped dramatically in January as concerns resurfaced over whether Islamabad was going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Kuroda flags BoJ readiness to ease further; yen slips

Kuroda flags BoJ readiness to ease further; yen slips

Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda said yesterday the central bank was ready to ramp up stimulus if sharp yen rises hurt the economy and derail the path towards achieving its 2% inflation target.

Palladium at record high, closes in on $1,500; gold gains

Palladium at record high, closes in on $1,500; gold gains

Palladium hit a record high on Tuesday, moving close to $1,500, due to a prolonged supply deficit, while gold rose to a near 10-month high driven by concerns over slowing global growth.

Sensex ends lower for ninth consecutive day

Sensex ends lower for ninth consecutive day

Major Indian indices Sensex and Nifty fell for the ninth consecutive trade session yesterday after heavy selling in the final hour of the trade on account of profit booking.

France launches debt sale in market supercharged by ECB expectations

France launches debt sale in market supercharged by ECB expectations

France and Cyprus launched syndicated bond sales yesterday as eurozone government bond yields were hovering near lows on expectations the European Central Bank will look to boost a faltering economy with cheap loans.

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