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Daily News – 15 Sep 2020 (Tue)

Singapore Economy

Experts expect more bad news for S’pore’s labour market in the coming months after retrenchment spikes in Q2
The worst is not over yet for Singapore’s labour market, experts said yesterday in response to the latest data on it for the second quarter of the year. They pointed to the tapering of wage subsidies, lack of demand and prolonged uncertainties as reasons for expecting retrenchments to continue and unemployment to climb further for the rest of this year.

Employment in Singapore falls by record 103,500 in Q2
Employment fell by a record 103,500 in the second quarter of the year, a staggering four times the previous record contraction – in the first quarter – of 25,600, according to the Singapore Ministry of Manpower’s Labour Market Report on Monday

Construction, F&B services in Singapore see biggest employment declines in Q2
The coronavirus pandemic has hit businesses and workers hard, with those in the consumer-facing and tourism-related sectors bearing the brunt of the hit, as well as those affected by temporary work stoppages.

Precision engineering is growth industry for Singapore: Chan
Precision engineering has been singled out as a growth industry for Singapore, “even in a downtime like this”, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Monday. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) identified electronics and precision engineering as “areas of strength” in its second-quarter labour market report, with these clusters bucking the overall trend of job contraction.

Staying open and maximising opportunities for Singaporeans go together: Tharman
Despite growing divisions in the world, Singapore has to stay open in order to maximise opportunities for its people, said Senior Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. At the same time, it has to manage this openness and assure its citizens of a stake in society.

Singapore businesses most digitally-ready in Asia-Pacific: poll
Singapore businesses have come in tops in a DBS survey of the digital readiness of corporates in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, with 45 per cent of local businesses indicating they have a well-defined digital strategy.


Companies’ Brief

CapitaLand unit prices S$800m fixed-rate senior notes due 2032
CapitaLand subsidiary CapitaLand Treasury has priced its offering of S$800 million 2.90 per cent fixed-rate senior notes due 2032, which will be issued under the S$5 billion euro medium-term note programme established in 2019.

Mapletree Industrial Trust to buy US data centre for as much as US$262.1m
Mapletree Industrial Trust (MIT) is proposing to acquire a data centre and office in the US state of Virginia for between US$200.6 million and US$262.1 million. MIT’s manager said on Monday that it is targeting to complete the deal in the first quarter of 2021.


Views, Reviews, Forum & Others

The V-shaped recovery marches on
Large swathes of the global economy are exhibiting traditional signs of a V-shaped recovery from the pandemic-induced collapse this spring. The monthly indicators for many countries show vigorous rebounds in June and July, with 10-15 per cent projected growth in real – that is, inflation-adjusted – gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter, all else being equal.

From sashimi to Toyota: How currency changes affect Singaporeans
A weaker Singapore dollar has small effects on imported food prices, but larger effects on food and machinery exports

Restarting the engine: Asia, oil and coronavirus
The novel coronavirus pandemic triggered a collapse in passenger transportation-related oil demand due to the enforcement of lockdowns, starting with China in late January and February and extending to the rest of the world in March and April, as countries around the world tried to mitigate the virus spread.

Tackling climate change need not be a Sisyphean task
We live in an unprecedented period in our history, with the “C” pandemic becoming the defining health crisis of our time. Economies need to defend this together and work more closely than ever to build a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive future.


Update on COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) Situation

West Mall, Liat Towers, Changi T3 and Queensway Shopping Centre among places visited by Covid-19 patients
[Singapore] West Mall, Shake Shack at Liat Towers and 4Fingers Crispy Chicken at Changi Airport Terminal 3 are among places visited by Covid-19 patients while they were still infectious, said the Ministry of Health on Monday (Sept 14).

Nationwide distribution of TraceTogether tokens kicks off
The distribution of TraceTogether tokens to Singaporeans is meant to jolt the participation rate in national contact tracing efforts to get it closer to the Government’s target of 70 per cent, said Minister-in-charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan.
*For more information, please visit the Ministry of Health (MOH) website at and refer to for updates on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) situation


Global Economy & Global Real Estate 

New York home buyers looking outside Manhattan for new development

Covid-19 pushes developers to offer new perks

Bigger homes bought on pandemic spree may house regret

Think-tank: UK faces biggest wave of redundancies in a generation

UK job cuts may be double last recession’s peak

Swedish fund shuns doomsday bets on property

Steady growth in China’s new home prices boosts economic recovery

China’s rising demand for condo butler service sparks huge stock gains

Johor to double budget for walkway on Malaysian side of Causeway

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