Friday 14 December 2018

Scale-ups offer big window for economy growth: study

Countries can enrich the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and have a huge positive economic impact compared to that of regular SMEs, if they give one particular segment known as ‘scale-ups’ the focus it needs, a report said. Public and private sectors in the Mena region hav


Are men now more calorie-conscious than women?

More men than women in the UAE actively look up the calorie content on Google or an app and would want the entire menu to have the calories displayed (46 per cent versus 37 per cent respectively), according to a new  survey by YouGov, international data and analytics group.


Global wearables sales to grow 26pc in 2019: Gartner

Worldwide shipments of wearable devices will reach 225 million in 2019, an increase of 25.8 per cent from 2018, according to leading research and advisory firm Gartner in a new report. End-user spending on wearable devices is forecast to reach $42 billion in 2019, of which $16.2


VAT implementation in Bahrain: Understanding the fundamentals

It has been nearly a year since the rollout of VAT in the UAE and Saudi Arabia, with Bahrain set to join them on January 1, 2019.    When the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members signed the Common VAT Agreement of the States of the GCC in 2017, they a


Stocks, bonds bull market ‘likely to end next year’

The long bull market cycle of excess stock and bond returns is expected to finally wind down next year, but not before one last hurrah, said BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in its outlook for the global markets and economy in 2019. The bear market vibe at the end of 2018 is ex


Brent to average $70 in 2019, $65 in 2020: BofAML

Brent and WTI are projected to average $70 per barrel (/bbl) and $59/bbl respectively in 2019, helped by an Opec+ cut and global oil demand growth of 1.3 million barrels per day (b/d), said the Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofAML) in a new report. Meanwhile, Brent and WTI are e


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