Singapore retail takings fall 3.4% in December with drop in motor vehicle sales

SINGAPORE retail sales ended 2019 on a weak note, down 3.4 per cent year on year in December as motor vehicle sales plummeted, according to data from the Department of Statistics on Wednesday.

Are Singapore's foreign labour source markets diversified enough?

THE global spread of the novel coronavirus has revived concern over Singapore's economic reliance on rank-and-file workers from overseas - including from mainland China, where the respiratory...

Manufacturers' group says delayed return of China workers affect 1-in-10 staff

SINGAPORE manufacturers have been hit harder than other industries by the sudden shortfall of mainland Chinese rank-and-file workers here, The Business Times (BT) has learnt.

Construction workers' leave of absence raises fears of project delays

CONSTRUCTION players are bracing themselves for possible missed deadlines, with some workers stuck in mainland China or away from work and the epidemic shaping up to be a force majeure event.

Singapore electronics mood brightens in Jan, but supply chain break looms

SINGAPORE'S electronics sentiment entered positive territory in January for the first time in 14 months alongside positive manufacturing sentiment, thanks to a US-China trade truce, but economists...

A game changer for Singapore's climate policies?

AS CLIMATE change increasingly occupies public discourse in Singapore, observers are expecting it to feature more strongly in Budget 2020, alongside the government's priorities in business...

Wuhan virus could score a point - off Singapore's economic growth

SINGAPORE'S economy, which is still in a fitful recovery from the trade war, could lose up to one percentage point of growth to the Wuhan virus, economic watchers are now warning.

Expectations shift from Budget goodies to virus relief measures

IN what's seen as an election year, many would have been expecting some form of goodies from what has been widely billed to be an "Election Budget", thanks in part to surpluses the government has...

ESG preparing business continuity guide for firms

BUSINESSES should "be prepared for different scenarios" involving the Wuhan coronavirus and develop business continuity plans if they have not done so yet, even though the current situation here...

Firms should 'be prepared for different scenarios' involving Wuhan virus: ESG

BUSINESSES should "be prepared for different scenarios" involving the Wuhan coronavirus, even though the current situation in Singapore is stable with no signs of community spread, Enterprise...