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Growth amid the thorns

Growth amid the thorns

Retailers in Lebanon have been faced with challenging circumstances for the past four years. Regional turmoil that began with the war in Syria has been pushing tourist numbers down, and the remaining clientele – those residing in Lebanon – have decreased purchasing power compared to the visitors who were so common a few years ago.

Luck of the winners

When La Libanaise des Jeux, the country’s sole concessionaire of lotteries and scratch-card games, introduced a new game last month, it was sheer coincidence that the launch event was held within five hours of a record-shattering lottery draw half a world away. Nobody could have predicted that Yawmiyeh, the new Lebanese daily draw game, would

Great potential in need of an edge

“Why is there so much more research done on baldness than on malaria? Because rich people go bald, and they don’t die of malaria.” William H. Gates III There were times when homegrown private banking in Lebanon looked like a short-distance runner trailing behind the field in a long-distance race. A decade ago, whenever Executive would

Crash course on markets

It was as if the in-laws had decided on New Year’s Eve that it would be fun to come for an unannounced visit. Volatility. It is part of the family experience in any investment strategy and, like the parents-in-law, volatility is never far away but the average investor feels so much more comfortable when it

Skating on

It has been documented beyond any question that when it comes to discussions of the outlook for the future, bankers are no more endowed with privileged knowledge or exclusive insights than the next best economist or fortune teller. The caveat against clairvoyance has been enforced in 2015, in no insignificant form, by the frantic performances

Data deficiency syndrome

Incomplete as they are, the numbers look bad for Lebanon’s real estate sector in 2015. Construction permits are down. The number of transactions is down. Cement deliveries are down. Full-year stats were not available at time of writing, but year-on-year comparisons of the most recent data point to a deepening slump after a boom phase

Export dynamics

2015 has been a tumultuous year for Lebanon’s food industrialists. The Ministry of Public Health’s food safety campaign greatly impacted Lebanese consumables in foreign markets, while the closure of traditional land routes raised the cost of exports. Despite these changes, however, the sub-sector has seen an uptick in investment and potential new markets and trade

Stepping into the light

Historically, insurance companies and organizations for mutual protection have originated from taking on roles in the acceptance and coverage of risks that led them in a next step to develop strategies for risk mitigation and, with further passing of time, assume responsibilities to prepare for future risks. With the present era’s accumulations of uncertainties and

Make it or break it

With Lebanon’s economy stuck in a rut, only limited options remain available to support the country’s struggling manufacturing sector. Executive sat down with the person at the helm of the sector for an update on industrial and agricultural developments – Minister of Industry Hussein Hajj Hassan, whose long political career as a parliamentarian includes chairmanship

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