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Pakistan has been aid dependent to a large extent, with donor agencies providing funds for various sectors ranging from socio-economic stability and human development to economic growth and infrastructure. The United States is one of the most generous donors to Pakistan; however, other countries like Japan, Australia, Canada and the European countries have been unstinting too.
Online rumours started making rounds last month that Mobilink, the top-ranked operators in terms of total subscribers, might be interested in buying Warid, the last-ranked operator. As with many corporate rumours, there seems to be little that is credible in this particular case at this point in time.
This year a tax has been accidentally imposed on services providers which is silently killing many businesses operating in the formal sector. A minimum tax of eight percent on revenues was imposed on services providing companies, which is simply making many business models unviable as virtually all these businesses operate with high volumes and low margins.
At long last, the inertia on gas tariffs has shaken. Almost three years after the previous change, the government has finally raised the natural gas tariffs, as notified by Ogra.
It is said that good things come to those who wait. In the case of Fauji Cement (FCCL), investors were made to wait for the release of the company's financial results for FY15 as the board meeting was postponed. When the result was finally revealed; it presented a positive surprise as the company beat market expectations for both earnings and dividends.
A major portion of FY15 has been a challenging one for the oil marketing segment in the country; the second and the third quarters of FY15 were bruised by heavy inventory losses in the sliding oil price scenario.
Its down and its out. Well at least for now. Consumer prices rose at its slowest in many a new moon last month, thanks mostly to falling commodities abroad and consequently at home due to the spill over affect.


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Banking Review 2014

Foreign Debt $62.649bn
Per Cap Income $1,512
GDP Growth 4.24%
Average CPI 8.6%
Trade Balance $-1.988 bln
Exports $1.835 bln
Imports $3.823 bln
WeeklyOctober 05, 2015
Reserves $18.349 bln