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Vietnam Luxury Product Companies Optimistic Amid Low Sales

A street vendor walks past a Chanel store at the Rex Hotel in downtown Ho Chi Minh City Luxury product companies are expanding even as sales contract amid the economic slump, with economists citing the potential of Vietnam’s large young population and the newly rich to fuel more consumption. Notices offering discounts of up to 50 percent on all items can be seen at most shops at Vincom Tower, Parkson or Grand Plaza in Hanoi, where Italian shoes and French perfumes are sold to the urban middle and upper classes. But the stores are vacant save for a few sales people...

Who receives highest pay in Vietnam?

VietNamNet Bridge – Hundreds of millions of dong are paid to the CEOs who work in the “hot business fields” such as finance and banking, power and oil and gas. CEOs in state owned conglomerates receive tens of millions of dong How much the CEOs of Petrolimex (petroleum importer and distributor) and EVN (the Electricity of Vietnam) receive for their jobs every month is the thing that most people are interested in. EVN’s General Director Pham Le Thanh once revealed that the average pay to EVN’s workers in 2009 was 7.3 million dong, saying that this was a modest pay level. In...

Vietnam Aims to Cut Bad Debt Ratio to 3-4% by End-2015: PM

Vietnam will strive to curb bad debts of the banking industry at around 3-4% of total lending by the end of 2015, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told the country’s lawmakers early today [Nov 14]. Non-performing loans are estimated to have totaled VND250 trillion or 8.82% of total lending currently, 73% of which are backed by collaterals. Credit institutions have set aside VND75 trillion in loan loss provisions. The government is currently directing the implementation of the following measures. (1)...

Securities Companies In Vietnam Trying to Brave Storm

Up to 56 out of over 100 securities companies in Vietnam reported losses in the third quarter of 2012. Securities brokerage houses suffered a combined net loss of VND212 billion but the earnings reached VND1,100 billion in the first nine months. Many have to restructure to survive in the raging storm. Total revenues of 100 securities companies grossed VND2,107 billion in the third quarter, totaling VND7,864 billion in the three quarters. They suffered from a combined loss of VND212 billion in the third quarter but still earned VND1,100 billion of profits in the January - September period...

More Opportunities For Vietnamese Exporters To The US

Huge customer demand makes the US a promising market for Vietnam. Domestic businesses must therefore enhance their capacity to exploit the market to best advantage. According to HIS Global Insight, a world-leading economic forecasting company, the US’s import demand will increase slightly from US$2,312 billion in 2012 to US$2,334 billion in 2013. Alibaba.com—a business-to-business (B2B) trading floor—says that despite a recent slump, the US still tops the list of orders for products from Vietnam, accounting for 10 percent of the country’s total export earnings compared to 12 percent in 2011. The General Department of Vietnam Customs claims that during the...

Vietnam Business Briefs November 14, 2012

* Dinh Vu Port Investment & Development JSC. (DVP) announced November 26 as ex-date and November 28 as record date for 2012 interim cash dividend payment. The firm will pay dividend at VND2,000/share on December 14, 2012. * Phuc Tien Trade Manufacture JSC. (PHT) reported its current outstanding shares as at November 8 as follows: […]

VND1.5Tln Government Bonds Are Sold Via Auctions Last Week: BVSC

VND1.5 trillion worth of government bonds were sold out of VND4 trillion auctioned volume in the previous week, the local newswire Gafin.vn reported, citing data from BaoViet Securities Company (BVSC). The State Treasury of Vietnam sold out VND1 trillion 2-year government debts at fixing of 9.5%, down 0.2% from the previous auction. The bid-to-cover ratio was 4.7. The Vietnam Development Bank (VDB) also managed to sell VND400 2-year bonds at 10.5% and VND100 3-year debts at 10.6%. Meanwhile, the Vietnam Bank for Social Policy (VBSP) failed to sell any bonds in its auction. The bid-to-cover ratio...

M&A: Which Are Big Fish And Little Fish In Vietnam?

In recent years, the slang term "big fish eats little fish" is commonly used among the Vietnamese business community and media. The big fish mostly referred to are foreign companies while the little fish denotes a domestic enterprise. However, that is not everything. In that seemingly unequal battle for market share, there are still Vietnamese […]

Vietnam Exporters Become The Victims Of Nasty Tricks In Foreign Markets

VietNamNet Bridge – Export companies have complained that the situation has become increasingly strained towards the end of the year. Importers would be ready to play nasty tricks to control the import prices. Too many kinds of tricks to play It is now more difficult than ever to export products. Exporters not only have to move heaven and earth to borrow capital, arrange material import deals, but also think about how to deal with the tricks played by importers to disturb the export. Nguyen Van Dao, General Director of Go Dang Company, related that importers would send small groups of...

Vietnam Central Bank Seals Gold-Casting Moulds of All 8 Non-SJC Gold Brands

All eight non-SJC gold brands previously licensed to produce bullion have already handed over their gold-casting moulds for the central bank to seal and manage, the local newswire VnExpress reported, citing its private sources. These firms include ACB, Southern Bank’s Gold Company, Sacombank SBJ, Agribank AJC and PNJ in Ho Chi Minh City; Ngoc Tham Gold Company in Tien Giang; as well as DOJI and Bao Tin Minh Chau in Hanoi. The gold-casting mould handover was initiated by gold companies, who thought the move would enhance the transparency in bullion production, as they were no longer allowed...