Hanoi (VNA) – The consumer price index (CPI) in May decreased by 0.03 percent against the previous month and 1.24 percent against last December, but increased by 4.39 percent year-on-year, the General Statistics Office (GSO) reported on May 29. The average index for the first five months was up 4.39 percent from that of the same period last year. In the period, basic inflation rose by 2.88 percent year-on-year. According to the GSO, in May, four out of the 11 commodity groups experienced price reductions: transport (2.21 percent); culture, entertainment and tourism (0.02 percent); post and telecommunication services (0.02 percent); and garment, headwear and footwear (0.01 percent). Increases were seen in prices of restaurant and catering service (0.34 percent); beverage and tobacco (0.25 percent); housing and building material (0.25 percent); other commodities and services (0.07 percent); household appliances (0.05 percent); and medicine and medical services (0.04 percent). … [Read more...] about May CPI shows slight reduction due to dropping petrol, power, rice prices
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“Recently, pepper prices have increased. There are several reasons for this improvement. Firstly, COVID-19 in China is basically over, so demands from Chinese customers are higher,” said Nguyen Nam Hai, President of the Vietnam Pepper Association (VPA). … [Read more...] about Vietnam domestic pepper prices hit one-year high
The wild discounting of accommodations is a trend we’re seeing particularly with Hoi An homestays and budget accommodations. This is helping local businesses bring in basic income. When it comes to 4- and 5-star resorts and hotels, the trend of discounting is also a good way to attract domestic travelers, though this could lead to a reduction in service quality as businesses work to keep costs under control. … [Read more...] about How should Vietnam prepare for post-pandemic tourism recovery?
The adjustment of socio-economic targets is a big and unprecedented issue, because the targets set in the NA’s Resolution are concretised from the Resolution of the Party Central Committee. On the basis of the Government’s proposal, the decision on the adjustment of growth targets will be made by the competent levels, with the current political and legal bases taken into account. According to economic experts, the adjustment of GDP growth target and relevant macro targets in accordance with the new developments in the domestic and international socio-economic situations will create favourable conditions for the Government in its management work, towards realising the dual goal of successfully combating the pandemic and reviving the economy after the disease. … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS HEADLINES MAY 30
In the opposite direction, BID of Vietnam’s largest state-owned lender by assets, BIDV, led losses with 1.5 percent, followed by two stocks in oil and gas, namely POW of electricity generator PetroVietnam Power, and PLX of petroleum distributor Petrolimex, both falling 1.4 percent. … [Read more...] about VN-Index rises in weekend session as liquidity falls