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Biz confidence slumps again in April – and is set to worsen post-Easter Sunday

Business Sentiment – Index Falls To a Decade-Plus Low The sad truth is that Sri Lanka Inc. will suffer as much as the people, following the deadly Easter Sunday explosions in the commercial capital and elsewhere that rocked a nation basking in the glory of nearly 10 years of peace on the ground – and…

(0)Comments | May 7, 2019 11:27 am

Lakshman Silva, CEO of DFCC Bank on the Bank’s latest Rights Issue

Why do you think it is necessary to go for a Rights Issue at this time? The main objective of this Issue is to increase the Tier 1 Capital of the Bank in order to accommodate and support the Bank’s future business expansion and continue our well established franchise of being the premier provider of…

(0)Comments | April 8, 2019 12:01 pm

Business Sentiment – Index Stumbles on Budget Fears 

Panic ahead of the 2019 budget leads to a retreat in business confidence in March A recent communiqué by Fitch Ratings asserts that Sri Lanka is taking steps to reduce fiscal and economic risks while also restoring policy certainty following the disruption caused by political upheaval late last year. However, it cautions that “there remain…

(0)Comments | April 2, 2019 10:28 am

What BREXIT Means For the UK – Sri Lanka Trade

RIU Trade surveillance report in association with the Sri Lankan High Commission in London Mar 28, 2019 (London) – The United Kingdom is one of the major trading partners of Sri Lanka, amounting to over 10 percent of the total annual trade. The trade between two countries has been on the upsurge for the last…

(0)Comments | March 28, 2019 4:55 pm

MullenLowe Sri Lanka and Breakthrough Business Intelligence identify 12 power points about the evolving Sri Lankan consumer that will shape your brand and business

As Sri Lanka steps-up to middle income status, Sri Lankans are stepping up to new opportunities and challenges. Based on their experience in working with brands and interacting with consumers on a regular basis, Dilini Jayasuriya – Executive Director of Breakthrough Business Intelligence (Pvt) Ltd. and Abhishek Hariharan – Associate Vice President & Head of…

(0)Comments | March 6, 2019 1:30 pm

Study: HR and Finance say Short-Termism and Culture clashes are biggest barriers to collaboration

~ Global study examines how data and analytics can bring finance and HR teams together A short-term mindset and entrenched cultural habits are the biggest barriers to collaboration between HR and finance teams according to a new study from Oracle. The study of 1,510 HR, finance and business professionals found that in order to successfully unlock the value…

(0)Comments | January 31, 2019 6:39 pm

Perceived Economic Opportunity PEO: Third Quarter 2018

This brief report of the Perceived Economic Opportunity (PEO) presents the analysis of a random survey carried out using a random sample of 400 men and women covering all districts in Sri Lanka on their expectations of economic prospects in the ensuing twelve months.   STATUS OF JOB PROSPECTS OR BUSINESS PERFORMANCE   Analysis of…

(0)Comments | January 17, 2019 9:24 am

The fight for Enterprise IT sovereignty in 2019: Who Will Win?

In a way, 2018 has been like the TV series of Ninja Warrior for emerging technologies with AI, automation, data and blockchain the key competitors trying to surmount the many obstacles and challenges in their way. And, like the programme, so far these technologies have played hard and achieved much, but failed to win the…

(0)Comments | January 7, 2019 11:11 am

Political uncertainty is extracting a heavy toll on business confidence in Sri Lanka

Business Sentiment – Index Takes A Hit In Hard Times Profits of Sri Lanka’s listed companies declined by as much as 10 percent year on year in the quarter ended 30 September 2018, according to a report filed by First Capital Holdings, which also points to lower consumer spending during this period. The report notes…

(0)Comments | January 2, 2019 2:43 pm

JLL comments on the Western Region Megapolis Masterplan’s sustainability and progress

In its monthly Compass bulletin, real estate consultancy Jones Lang Lasalle examined the relevance of the Western Region Megapolis Masterplan to Sri Lanka’s ambitions of improving citizen wealth and rapid economic growth. The statement also questioned the sporadic nature of the progress reported by the project since March 2017, noting that a cornerstone of the…

(0)Comments | November 6, 2018 11:42 am