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Kingdom Holding Q3 gain up 20.5%
Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Holding, the investment firm owned by billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, posted a 20.5 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit on Thursday, on the back of higher investment profits.
China needs reforms: World Bank
Beijing urged to cut economic growth target to 7% in 2015
CBQ earnings jump 79% in third quarter
Commercial Bank of Qatar, or CBQ, the Gulf Arab state’s second-largest lender by assets, reported a forecast-beating 79 per cent rise in third-quarter profit on Wednesday, as income from loans, fees and its overseas units jumped.
Batelco’s Q3 net profit climbs 40%
Bahrain Telecommunications Co, or Batelco, posted a 40 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit on Wednesday due to an improved performance in some of its foreign units and a group-wide cost-cutting programme.
Oman Islamic banking hits 4.4% of assets
Islamic banking operations in Oman have grown to account for over four per cent of the country’s total banking assets in the past two years and could double that ratio by 2018, a study by Thomson Reuters found.
Zain Saudi’s Q3 net loss narrows
Telecom operator Zain Saudi reported a narrowing third-quarter loss on Tuesday, roughly in line with analyst forecasts as margins improved, provisions fell and Internet usage increased.
Eurozone lending dips
No speedy upturn seen; money supply grows faster than expected
Pacific trade talks progress, but US-Japan gap remains
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb, who hosted the meeting, said the shape of an “ambitious, comprehensive, high-standard and balanced deal” was forming.
Goldman Sachs cuts oil price view
WTI could fall as low as $70 in the second quarter and Brent as low as $80, when oversupply would be the most pronounced, before returning to first-quarter levels, Goldman said.
IMF calls for GCC reforms; warns of effect of oil price drop
The IMF, while upholding its 4.5 per cent growth forecast for GCC countries in 2014 and 2015 despite risks arising from a slide in oil prices, warned that the six-nation bloc may see its current-account surplus decline.
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