Inflation To Remain Manageable Despite Recent Spike

Inflation in Singapore has remained on a gradual uptrend and we believe that inflation is unlikely to surge significantly, and maintain our forecast for headline CPI to average 1.0% in 2017. Despite Singapore's real GDP growing by 2.5% y-o-y in Q217...

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2017/18 Fall in Cocoa Output Highlights Long-Term Challenges

2016/2017 cocoa output in Côte d'Ivoire is still on track to surpass the record harvest recorded in 2015, despite heavy rain in recent weeks. Production has peaked, but Ivorian producers will continue to contribute to global oversupply this year and...

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Value-Based Medicine Pricing System To Challenge Drugmakers

Reforms to drive higher efficiency in Japan's pharmaceutical sector will continue as the country seeks to curb costs, while adapting to its ageing demographic profile. Regulatory reforms on outcomes based healthcare announced in 2017 by the Ministry...

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Islamic Banking - Slowdown Underway In Key Markets

Growth will be slow in key Islamic banking markets over the coming years, as lower-for-longer oil prices weigh on the economic backdrop and reduce demand for credit - although large sovereign sukuk issuances will pick up some of the slack. Expansion...

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Fibre Backhaul An Important Component Of 5G

Crown Castle's acquisition of Lightower aims to improve the company's small cells offer by increasing its fibre backhaul. As data rates need to be higher and more consistent, it will be crucial for operators to use fibre as their main backhaul...

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Trying To Master Gas Again

We remain sceptical of Nigeria's ability to stimulate domestic gas consumption growth over the short term, given the lack of investment in gas power capacity and the supporting infrastructure. The ambitious targets in the new National Gas Policy...

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Generic Drugmakers To Benefit From Regional Trends

Driven by cost-containment measures and strengthening domestic manufacturing capabilities, opportunities for generic drugmakers in Jordan will increase over a multiyear horizon. The increasing popularity of branded generic products will also serve...

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