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Business leaders urge subsidy relief for SMEs in Bahrain

Subsidy relief must be offered to help small and start-up businesses succeed in the wake of planned government cuts, a prominent business leader has argued. Plummeting oil prices over the past 12 months have forced Bahrain to rethink its subsi

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Egypt's power choices appease public, squeeze industry

Far fewer Egyptians are complaining about the kind of power cuts that fuelled unrest in the past but government energy policies apparently focused on appeasing the public are dealing a blow to industries vital for economic growth.

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Oil tops $60, industry spending cuts support

Oil rose above $60 a barrel on Friday for the first time this year, bringing its gain this week to almost four per cent, supported by signs that deeper industry spending cuts may curb excess supply. Also supporting oil, growth in

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Bahraini women may lose jobs after budget cuts

Women hired under a graduate recruitment scheme in Bahrain face losing their jobs because of budget constraints, according to a senior unionist. The General Federation of Bahrain Trade Unions (GFBTU) has received several complaint

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Egypt raises key rates days after subsidy cuts

Egypt's central bank raised key interest rates on Thursday in what was seen as an attempt to curb inflation pressures less than two weeks after the government slashed subsidies on fuel and electricity. The central bank raised

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India seeks 80,000bpd extra oil from Iraq

India has sought up to 80,000 barrels per day (bpd) extra oil from Iraq in 2012/13, days after placing a similar request with top exporter Saudi Arabia to meet demand from its expanding refineries. India now buys more than 340,000 bpd oil

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Opec cuts oil demand view, supply gap shrinks

Opec cut its forecast for global oil demand growth next year because of a worsening economic outlook and said a disappointing economic performance in top consumer the United States could further weigh on fuel use.  The Organization of

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Goldman cuts NBK price target

Low loan growth due to delays in implementing development projects could affect National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) in the near term, Goldman Sachs said and cut its price target on the lender's stock. The brokerage, which lowered the price t

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Saudi confirms oil supply cuts with Asia curbs

Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia provided the most visible evidence yet of adhering to Opec deal to curb output by telling refiners in Asia that it would cut December supplies by 5 per cent, term lifters said on Monday. State oil firm Saudi A

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Bahrain mulls more price cuts

Major customs tariff cuts on food, medicines and building materials - plus extra tax reductions on other consumer goods are being considered by the Bahrain Cabinet. Prime Minister Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, who chaired yesterda

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