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Industry

‘Honeyed’ SMEs
Industry

‘Honeyed’ SMEs

The apiculture sector is a small and overlooked one, even by SME standards. This is unsurprising since honey globally is
Published 21 Dec, 2018 05:30am
Engineering goods potential
Industry

Engineering goods potential

Different governments have at different times talked about promoting exports through non-traditional SME sectors such as
Published 20 Dec, 2018 05:39am
Scale of tax loss in tobacco
Industry

Scale of tax loss in tobacco

The three-tier tobacco FED regime introduced in May 2017 has led to multiple controversies. (Read: ‘A case against multi
Published 18 Dec, 2018 06:28am
A test for ghee
Industry

A test for ghee

Flipping through channels one often catches celebrity chefs on popular cooking channels extolling the virtues of ghee. T
Published 17 Dec, 2018 06:47am
Cement’s mixed-plate
Industry

Cement’s mixed-plate

Sea-borne cement exports are breaking all kinds of ceilings, growing by more than 200 percent in 5MFY19. It seems that t
Published 14 Dec, 2018 07:10am
Sugar roundup (II)
Industry

Sugar roundup (II)

Elementary economics dictates that when input prices increase without a commensurate increase in output price, supply sh
Updated 30 Jan, 2019 06:40am
Sin tax has fiscal virtues
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Sin tax has fiscal virtues

What’s in a name? Apparently a lot! Reportedly, the federal government is planning to impose a “sin tax” on cigarettes a
Published 12 Dec, 2018 06:18am
LSM jitters
Industry

LSM jitters

Rising inflation, rupee depreciation, higher interest rates, slipping FX reserves – and now a fall in Large Scale Manufa
Published 06 Dec, 2018 05:56am
Cementing near future
Industry

Cementing near future

If cement industry’s future seemed rather uncertain (read “cement demand fatigue”, Oct 19, 2018), as economy simmers dow
Published 08 Nov, 2018 06:25am
Steel demand: ironclad enough?
Industry

Steel demand: ironclad enough?

According to SBP’s State of the Economy report for FY18, steel manufacturing grew by 22 percent during FY18, and 21 perc
Published 31 Oct, 2018 06:15am
Cement demand fatigue
Industry

Cement demand fatigue

In a great twist of fate, cement exports are saving the day for the cement industry that is going through a grueling tim
Published 19 Oct, 2018 06:16am
Manufacturing growth
Industry

Manufacturing growth

That Pakistan has disincentivised manufacturing sector over the last few decades is not breaking news. But that the gros
Published 11 Oct, 2018 06:56am
Cement: playing jeopardy
Industry

Cement: playing jeopardy

By now, all of the cement manufacturers have announced their respective financial results for FY18, and it is evident th
Published 05 Oct, 2018 06:56am
LSM stays low
Industry

LSM stays low

The Large Scale Manufacturing (LSM) numbers for July 2018 are out, and are nothing to write home about. At 0.5 percent y
Published 27 Sep, 2018 06:15am
PSEL: finance costs bite
Industry

PSEL: finance costs bite

Pakistan’s leading hotelier apparently felt the heat in FY18 – a year of immense political instability. But the bottom-l
Published 26 Sep, 2018 05:53am
Explaining poor cotton demand
Industry

Explaining poor cotton demand

Raw cotton production in Pakistan is witnessing its worst bout in recent memory. According to a report published in this
Published 14 Sep, 2018 09:02am
Cement: cautiously optimistic
Industry

Cement: cautiously optimistic

In the run to 100-days, the PTI government has announced a number of plans that it intends to undertake during its tenur
Published 13 Sep, 2018 07:41am
“Concrete” plans
Industry

“Concrete” plans

If the PML-N government’s infrastructure and development spending was giving impetus to the cement sector, the new gover
Published 27 Aug, 2018 06:18am
PMPK: flying high
Industry

PMPK: flying high

The tobacco fortunes have indeed turned. In fact, the second-ranked tobacco player is on a roll this year. During the ha
Published 20 Aug, 2018 07:22am
Leather exports FY18
Industry

Leather exports FY18

Times have been hard for the leather industry in Pakistan over the past several years now. The recently released leather
Updated 27 Jul, 2018 07:51am