Gojek on expansion track despite Covid-19

Gojek announced last week plans to unify its regional branding  as part of efforts to strengthen operations and brand image within the region. We spoke with Andrew Lee, group head of...

Indonesian consumers bursting with pent-up demand: Poll

The post-coronavirus outlook is sunny for discretionary spending, especially on lower-ticket items such as clothes and skincare products, a survey has found.

Shampoo is big business in Indonesian haircare market

Sales of shampoo alone made up half of Indonesia’s 17.3 trillion rupiah (US$1.2 billion) haircare product market in 2019.

Business group urges new public finance tools amid virus crisis

Other longer-term proposals include blended public-private capital structures and disaster risk financing.

Malaysian gaming unlikely to bounce back fully in 2021: Report

A V-shaped recovery may be no guarantee, one analyst said.

Electronics strength to fuel Asean exports in post-Covid trade

Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia will likely notch strong export growth after the coronavirus crisis is over, according to a new report on the trade outlook for Asia.

Limited market boost from Vietnam telco network-sharing: Report

State-linked operators still have the upper hand in the market, according to analysts.

Tourism slump to weigh down Thailand economy for years: Report

Citi analyst Nalin Chutchotitham expects economic activity to rebound to 2019 levels only in mid-2022.

Asean consumers keen to try new digi-bank players

Three in four consumers would bank online, according to a poll of more than 5,100 people across seven Asean markets.

Piracy in South-east Asia from Jan to May 2020 doubled from same period in 2019

There were 34 such incidents in South-east Asia, compared with 18 during the same period in 2019.

China-Asean trade strengthens amid lockdowns and icy US relations

Trade data reaffirmed that China's trade focus is pivoting, DBS Group Research said.

"Home-centric consumption" to continue post-lockdowns: report

Home-centric consumption trends in South-east Asia accelerated by Covid-19 pandemic could continue even as authorities relax safe-distancing measures, a report has suggested.

Average GDP in Asean could bounce back to 8% by 2021: ICAEW report

While most South-east Asian economies are expected to fall into recession in the first half of 2020, GDP is expected to rebound in 2021, a report by ICAEW suggests.

Thailand's headline inflation likely to remain in negative territory in coming months

THAILAND'S headline inflation is likely to remain in negative territory in the coming months, though the downward pressure on prices should ease gradually as more business activities resume after the lockdown measures have been lifted said ANZ Research in a note on Thursday. 

Shrinking consumer demand biggest threat to business recovery for Asian businesses: YPO survey

ONE in two CEOs globally say diminished demand for their products/services is the greatest obstacle to their business viability, followed by changes in consumer behaviour (44 per cent) and operating restrictions from the government (32 per cent), according to the latest YPO survey. 

Indonesia inflation moderates further; rate cut this month on the cards

Indonesia's headline inflation moderated for the third straight month, led by further easing in food inflation, while core inflation also edged down. 

KiotViet talks about e-commerce retail in Vietnam and how Covid-19 has shaken up the scene

Vietnamese business solutions startup KiotViet, which was set up in 2014, provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with software for inventory, sales and other functions. It claims to have 100,000 stores under its belt so far, with a target of 200,000 more by 2022.

Corporate credit risk in South-east Asia has come down from March peak: study

But risks still remain significantly elevated, said the Moody's Analytics report

Rated project, infrastructure firms in Asia well-placed to manage refinancing: Moody's

Upcoming maturities are concentrated in investment-grade companies

Post-Covid activity recovering in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia

The recovery of domestic tourism could also aid the hospitality and aviation sectors, said Maybank Kim Eng economists.

Asian economies to seek diversification post-Covid-19: report

This includes reducing a reliance on single sectors such as tourism, said a Fitch Solutions report

Coronavirus brings digital banking risks and rewards

Players should ramp up digitalisation during the coronavirus pandemic - but they’ll have to be pickier about clientele, too.

Thailand healthtech field set to grow: Report

The value of Thailand’s overall medical device market is pegged to hit US$1.45 billion in 2020.

Credit harder to come by as Philippine banks turn wary on loans

Maybank Kim Eng analysts warned that lenders are turning cautious on the back of expectations of a decline in asset quality.

Vietnam tipped to be most resilient regional economy amid virus crisis

The Vietnamese economy is still tipped to stay in positive territory in 2020 with a 1 per cent expansion, despite the sharp slowdown from the 7 per cent growth clocked in 2019.