Industrial production surges 7.5%
Viet Nam's index of industrial production (IIP) from January to November 2014 increased by 7.5 per cent year-on-year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
Property prices stable but buyers struggle
Vietnamese people still find it hard to buy a house due to their very low salaries, even though the property prices are not high, said Nguyen Tran Nam, deputy minister of construction.
New foreign ownership rule to shake up real estate market
Viet Nam's real estate market will become more competitive within the region because foreigner property rights will soon be allowed, Savills Viet Nam said in a statement on November 26.
Pirated sheets hurt VN steel firms
Counterfeit and pirated steel sheets have flooded the domestic market and created a headache for the domestic steel industry.
Purchasing power up as Tet festival nears
Viet Nam's total retail sales of goods and services in November increased by three per cent month-on-month and 12.2 per cent year-on-year to VND265.33 trillion (US$12.62 billion).
E-commerce agency backs online shopping
Encouraging online shopping by Internet users in Viet Nam is necessary for rapid development of e-commerce in the country, experts say.
Taxi fares cut in three cities
The Ministry of Finance has confirmed taxi fare cuts of 2 per cent to 32 per cent in three major cities of Viet Nam this November.
SBV dollar sale pledge helps exchange rate
The US dollar and Vietnamese dong exchange rate eased further yesterday after the State Bank of Viet Nam (SBV) pledged to sell dollars.
Shares mixed on sluggish trading
Share prices continued to decline at the HCM City Stock Exchange but gained slightly at the Ha Noi Stock Exchange yesterday.
Irradiation firm plans to merge with rival
Shareholders of An Phu Irradiation (APC) approved the company's merger plan with rival company Thai Son Company Ltd on Wednesday.
Vietcraft launches design contest
The Viet Nam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft) has launched a Sustainable Product Design Competition to encourage designers, artisans, companies and research institutes to develop designs that encourage the sustainability and diversity of the country's handicrafts.
Preference for dollar loans boosts credit growth
Preference for dollar loans boosts credit growth

Companies prefer borrowing in foreign currency than the dong, with banks' foreign currency credit growth topping 20 per cent as of October.

Improvements needed to local business environment
Improvements needed to local business environment

This year, Viet Nam ranked 78th among 189 countries in the world for ease of doing business, lower than its 72nd rank in 2013, said the World Bank's recent report.

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Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist Singaporeans unite to help scammed Vietnamese tourist

The assistance that Singaporeans gave a Vietnamese tourist who was scammed when he bought an iPhone 6 in Singapore has earned much attention and applause from Vietnamese newspapers and netizens.

Old apartments remain in state of disrepair Old apartments remain in state of disrepair

There are more than 1,500 old apartment buildings at risk of collapse across Viet Nam, but in the last decade, only five per cent were rebuilt.

Province backs cable car to cave 2    Province backs cable car to cave

Authorities in central Quang Binh Province have given the go ahead for a highly controversial cable car system connecting various sites in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park to the world's biggest cave, Son Doong.

Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films Edward Scissorhands among free outdoor films

Saigon Outcast will hold two free Thursday outdoor film screenings this month.

Tax not the solution to online gaming issue 1    Tax not the solution to online gaming issue

A 10 per cent tax on the online gaming industry recently proposed by the Ministry of Finance aims to address the connection between the increase in gaming addiction and game-related crimes among youngsters by charging them more to fuel their addiction.