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Govt ad costs higher than reported, TDRI says
April 18, 2014 1:00 am

Govt ad costs higher than reported, TDRI says

THE GOVERNMENT'S actual expenditures on advertising and public relations exceeded Bt6 billion last year, according to the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), far higher than the Bt1.94 billion stated by the Budget Bureau.

Govt may tap budget again to pay farmers
April 18, 2014 1:00 am

Govt may tap budget again to pay farmers

The government says it will soon discuss borrowing more money from its central budget to pay farmers under the rice-pledging scheme.

Nine per cent slump in new registrations
April 18, 2014 1:00 am

Nine per cent slump in new registrations

The Ministry of Commerce reported a 9-per-cent year-on-year decline in new business registrations in March, while the number of business closures was about the same as a year earlier.

Thai, Philippine economies to be hurt by rise in Japanese sales tax:...
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

Thai, Philippine economies to be hurt by rise in Japanese sales tax:...

THAILAND'S ECONOMY is one of the most vulnerable in the region to the likely decline in household spending in Japan after its sales-tax increase, resulting in a drag on Thailand's economic growth in this and the next quarter, according to...

China presses RCEP partners to move
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

China presses RCEP partners to move

CHINA, AS one of the world's economic giants, has urged Asean and the other five countries of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership to finalise their free-trade agreement by the end of next year to ensure robust economic growth among...

Thai economy 'close to recession': KResearch
April 17, 2014 1:00 am

Thai economy 'close to recession': KResearch

THE THAI economy is close to entering recession mode, given the difficulty of achieving a recovery this quarter when nearly all the normal growth drivers are still heavily weighed down by the political turmoil, according to Kasikorn Research...

More border, trilateral trade urged as AEC nears
April 16, 2014 1:00 am

More border, trilateral trade urged as AEC nears

Thailand should concentrate more on promoting cross-border and trilateral trading among countries with connected borders under the Asean Economic Community (AEC), as it will not only reduce costs and risk for Thai traders in doing international...

Firms don't expect spending to pick up in H2
April 15, 2014 1:00 am

Firms don't expect spending to pick up in H2

ENTREPRENEURS have revised their strategies to deal directly with the uncertainty in both the political and economic spheres, as they see no sign of a rebound in purchasing power in the second half of this year.

DASTA programmes to prepare hotels for survival within AEC
April 15, 2014 1:00 am

DASTA programmes to prepare hotels for survival within AEC

The Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration (DASTA) is putting a big effort into strengthening hotel operators' ability to survive in the highly competitive industry after the opening of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) in...

Thailand to benefit from growing world rice demand, market monitors...
April 14, 2014 1:00 am

Thailand to benefit from growing world rice demand, market monitors...

Despite climatic shifts and natural disasters plaguing some rice producing countries, the 2013 season has produced more rice than expected, adding to the ninth straight year of rice surplus or 'carry over,' the UN's Food and...