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Legislators have called for tougher laws to prevent fare bargaining by taxi drivers, despite the government saying a new fare structure has helped to tackle the problem.

Watchdog warns buyers against paying up front

Patsy Moy The Standard 27.04.2009
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Consumer watchdogs are to probe companies that offer up-front payment deals then quickly go bust leaving customers out of pocket.


LPG prices to fall

news.gov.hk 23.04.2009
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Liquefied petroleum gas ceiling prices for dedicated LPG stations will drop to between $2.52 to $ 2.93 a litre from May 1, a fall of 23 cents a litre.

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Ferry fares between Discovery Bay and Central will increase by over ten percent starting next month.


Error scuppers chance for cheaper fares

Bonnie Chen The Standard 16.04.2009
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Hopes for a reduction in bus fares have been shattered due to a glitch in the government's calculation.

Supermarket bargains? Don't count on it...

Beatrice Siu The Standard 16.04.2009
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Hong Kong's two leading supermarket chains have been accused of raising prices just before special promotion days - then offering them at a "discount" which is more expensive than the original price.


Made In Hong Kong

Winnie Chau HK-magazine 27.03.2009
Made In Hong Kong

Winnie Chau revisits the Hong Kong products that made us proud.

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Transport chief Eva Cheng Yu-wah told lawmakers the government may look to cut the cost of traveling on buses under the fare adjustment mechanism.


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The Food & Environmental Hygiene Department will put up long vacant stalls in public markets for open auction with upset prices set at 80% or 60% of the open market rent.

Bid to make sure your diamond is forever

Adele Wong The Standard 05.03.2009
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People buying diamond-studded jewelry will be assured they are getting the real deal under a new certification scheme.


Japan firm off to fast food flier

Beatrice Siu The Standard 27.02.2009
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An online Japanese fruit and vegetable supplier has opened its first service in Hong Kong.

Smokers take an extra $2 hit

Timothy Chui and Beatrice Siu The Standard 27.02.2009
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Cigarette prices have gone up by as much as HK$10 despite the hike announced in the budget being only HK$8.


Shoppers load up at FTU goods sale

Beatrice Siu The Standard 25.02.2009
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Struggling workers are being given the chance to snap up everyday household goods at knockdown prices thanks to a partnership between suppliers and a pro- Beijing trade union.

Starbucks plans instant coffee debut

Lisa Baertlein The Boston Globe 13.02.2009
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Starbucks Corp is moving into the instant coffee market as it works to shake off its reputation as a seller of pricey coffee drinks.


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Berlin - The world recession has not undercut one of Thailand's most unusual exports, equipment for young magicians, according to the manufacturer speaking after a leading international toy fair in Germany. Over six days to February 10, world toy ...

German Retail Sales May Decline in 2009, HDE Group Predicts

Brett Neely and Holger Elfes Bloomberg.com 03.02.2009
German Retail Sales May Decline in 2009, HDE Group Predicts

Retail sales in Germany will fall as much as 1 percent this year as unemployment numbers rise, the HDE retail federation said today.


The New Dollar

June Ng HK-magazine.com 30.01.2009
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Who needs cash when you can trade time? A fair-trade system in Wan Chai is looking like a good idea amid the recession, writes June Ng.

Feathers fly in live chickens protest

Beatrice Siu The Standard 21.01.2009
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Enraged poultry traders smashed plastic bird cages, hurled eggs and clashed with police as they tried to break through barricades in Central during a protest over the government's refusal to increase live chicken imports from the mainland.


Star Ferry to lift fares up to 20pc

Diana Lee The Standard 21.01.2009
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Star Ferry has been given permission to increase its fares by up to 20 percent, but in two stages starting on March 29.

Live chickens to cost a fortune for festive feasts

Beatrice Siu The Standard 20.01.2009
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Consumers will have to dig deep into their wallets during the Lunar New Year festivities to enjoy good fortune for the rest of the year, a chicken wholesaler has warned.



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