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The country is set to undergo yet another strike today (Wednesday) by traders against the controversial 0.3 percent tax on banking transactions. One of two traders' groups was divergent on the strike but unanimous on the issue but kept their shops padlocked on August 1 almost across the country and now the other group is set to abandon their businesses for one more day. It will be the second within five days of August.

Pakistan would be unable to capture its textile exports share in the global market if the government continues to burden the sector with heavy taxes and energy tariff, which makes it uncompetitive with other regional competitors. A delegation of All Pakistan Textile Industry (APTMA) met with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and expressed its concerns over a decline in country's textile and clothing exports.
All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has deferred the August 7 strike of the textile industry for a month after an assurance from Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to resolve industry's viability issues by August 31. APTMA Chairman S M Tanveer while chairing a general body meeting of the members here on Tuesday made this announcement in a press conference at the Punjab office.
Some major trade defence laws were revamped by Senate on Tuesday after 25 years to enable the country to compete in the international market with all the protection of 21st century. The bills which were unanimously passed by the Senate include, (1) the Safeguard Amendments Bill, 2015, (2) The Countervailing Duties Amendment Bill, 2015, (3) The Anti-Dumping Duties Bill, 2015 (4) The National Tariff Commission Bill, 2015.
The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has announced a reduction in the mark-up rate/service charges by 1.50 percent to 6 percent for some five different refinance schemes including the Flood-Affected Areas Scheme 2014. In line with the revision in the policy rate due to softening monetary policy stance, the SBP has revised mark-up rate and service charges downward for different refinance schemes.
Britain took a 1.1 billion pound ($1.7 billion) loss on its first sale of shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) on Tuesday, sparking accusations from opposition politicians of an unnecessarily rushed and costly disposal. The UK government sold a 5.4 percent stake in RBS at 330 pence per share, a third below the price paid when Britain rescued the British bank with 45.8 billion pounds of taxpayer cash at the peak of the 2007/09 financial crisis.
Supported by leveraged stocks from cement, fertiliser and textile sectors, the Karachi share market stayed bullish Tuesday gaining 97.15 points. The KSE-100 index increased to 35,921.71 points from 35,824.56 of the previous session. The benchmark index remained volatile and was seen juggling between -171 points and +135 points to finally settle in the green zone.
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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 $-22.095 bln
Exports $23.885 bln
Imports $45.980 bln
WeeklyAugust 03, 2015
Reserves $18.536 bln