• Economic News Updates

    Economic News Updates

    For each market we cover, OBG produces regular economic research available on our website, by email subscription and via RSS feed. Free to access, our Economic Updates are targeted at those looking for regular comment on key sector developments.

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Economic Update | Positive outlook for Malaysian construction

29 Sep 2014

High levels of state and private sector investment will drive double-digit growth in Malaysia’s construction industry this year with momentum likely to be maintained into 2015 as more infrastructure projects roll off the drawing board.

Economic Update | Domestic demand and exports fuel Malaysian growth

2 Sep 2014

The economy defied expectations in Malaysia by maintaining a high level of growth in the first half of 2014 at 6.3%, according to new figures released in mid-August, though any weakening in exports could see the rate of expansion ease marginally towards the end of the year and into 2015.

Economic Update | Malaysia and China look to boost two-way trade

18 Aug 2014

A diplomatic approach towards regional issues has strengthened Malaysia’s efforts to boost trade and investment ties with China, setting the scene for the two countries to roll out an ambitious programme of increased financial cooperation.

Economic Update | Merger plans set to transform Malaysian banking sector

8 Aug 2014

Plans by three of Malaysia's biggest lenders to merge into the country's largest bank conglomerate have thrown a spotlight on the health of the industry.

Economic Update | Malaysia braces for impact of solar energy expansion

18 Jul 2014

The future of solar energy in Malaysia received a powerful boost on June 16 with the commissioning of the country’s largest solar power plant to date. The project’s operator, Malaysia-based Amcorp Group, awarded the production of the power plant’s solar panels to Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green Energy Holding Company. The project spans an area of almost 14 ha and will require some 40,000 photovoltaic (PV) units, which are estimated to produce 13.6m KWh of electricity annually.

Economic Update | Malaysia’s tourism sector aims to blow past headwinds

7 Jul 2014

A strong showing by Malaysia’s tourism industry in the first three months of the year may be offset by an expected drop-off in arrivals from China. But officials and travel bodies remain confident that any cooling in sentiment from the mainland will ease by the latter part of the year, giving the sector a lift in the final quarter.