Economic Update
2020/03/25Global Economic Fallout from Coronavirus
Against the backdrop of the extraordinary measures being introduced by many governments to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and business activities coming to a halt across the world, financial institutions are busy revising their growth forecasts downwards.
2020/03/19Repositioning of Global Supply Chains?
The latest economic data from Mainland China reveal the hard facts that the world’s second largest economy has been severely hit by the coronavirus outbreak.
2020/03/04Facing a Dilemma on Fighting the Coronavirus
With the coronavirus, officially known as Covid-19, continuing to spread around the world, total confirmed cases globally have reached nearly 89,000 as of 2 March, with Mainland China accounting for the bulk of them. Outside Mainland China, South Korea and Italy are home to the largest outbreaks to date, followed by Iran, Japan, Germany and Singapore. More and more economies are being directly impacted by the virus, resulting in temporary shutdown of businesses and supply chain disruptions.
2020/02/28Benefitting from the Budget
In his Budget address, the Financial Secretary outlined a number of measures to help businesses during these difficult times. The Chamber has compiled a table of the initiatives for members to quickly and easily see how they can benefit. We hope you find the list useful.
2020/02/13Three Charts Explaining Why Hong Kong’s Retail and Tourism Sectors Could Be More Exposed to Coronavirus Outbreak than SARS
The Hong Kong economy, which is already in recession due to a double whammy of the Sino-U.S. trade war and social unrest, is now being buffeted by coronavirus-related disruptions. Some have compared the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak to that of SARS in 2003, when Hong Kong was badly hit.
2020/01/22Phase One Deal: Truce in the Sino-US Trade War
Under the so-called “phase one” trade deal between Mainland China and the United States, China has pledged to increase imports from the U.S. by at least US$200 billion above 2017 levels over the next two years, and enhance intellectual property protection.
2019/12/05Challenges Ahead for New EU Chief
Ursula von der Leyen, Germany’s former defence minister, officially took office as President of the E.U. Commission on 1 December, succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker.
2019/10/30The Slide into Recession
While the official Q3 GDP data for Hong Kong will not be officially released until tomorrow (31 October), Financial Secretary Paul Chan has already said in his blog that the city’s economy continued to contract in the third quarter. This confirms that Hong Kong has technically entered a recession, which is defined as two consecutive quarterly contractions. In Q2, real GDP contracted by 0.4% on a quarter-on-quarter basis.
2019/09/26A Familiar Playbook to Boost Economic Growth
Recent data seems to indicate that the Chinese economy is facing increased downward pressure. Industrial production expanded 4.4% year-on-year in August, the slowest pace since February 2002. Growth in retail sales and investment have also edged down, reinforcing the belief that Beijing may soon move more boldly to meet the economic growth target of 6%-6.5% set for this year.
2019/08/05Grim economic outlook
Few people would deny that these are extraordinary times for Hong Kong. Rarely have retailers in the city had such a cheerless summer. In June, total retail sales were down 6.7% year-on-year, marking the fifth consecutive month of decline (Figure 1). The value of sales of jewellery, watches and clocks, and valuable gifts declined by 17.1%, the steepest slide since August 2016.
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