A woman rides past the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China in Beijing. Reuters
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), the world’s biggest commercial lender by assets, posted a 4.1 per cent rise in profit for the three months ended March, its fastest growth for the period since 2014. Profit was 82.01 billion yuan ($12.18 billion) for the first quarter, compared with 78.80 billion yuan in the same period a year earlier, the bank said in a filing on Monday.
Southeast Asia’s biggest lender DBS Group Holdings Ltd beat market estimates to post a record quarterly profit, as strong lending income offset weakness in wealth management, brokerage and investment banking fees. DBS, the first Singapore bank to kick off the sector’s results, posted an 8.5 per cent rise in first-quarter net profit from a year earlier,
China’s central bank unveiled a key interest rate reform on Saturday to help steer borrowing costs lower for companies and support a slowing economy that has been hurt by a trade war with the United States.
Activity is contracting in the US manufacturing sector but the number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell last week, signs that factories are suffering from a global slowdown even as the broader labour market remains healthy.
Automation and AI-driven technologies are changing the face of Middle East’s warehousing industry, pushing advanced inventory control high up the industry agenda and sharpening cost-control, space optimisation and competitiveness,
The total trade between the UAE and the UK grew by around 7.4 per cent to Dhs24.45 billion (£5.49 billion) in the first half of this year, up from Dhs22.76 billion (£5.11 billion) in the corresponding period last year.
Cairo WoodShow, North Africa’s leading platform for wood and woodworking machinery, with 120 exhibitors and 7,000 visitors from 25+ countries, is gearing up to organise its 5th edition from December 5 to 8, 2019 at Cairo International Convention Centre.