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Moving hawkers up the food chain

In Singapore’s competitive hawker trade, where the unsuccessful throw in the towel and close down within a few years – months, even, names like Fei Siong, Liao Fan Hawker Chan and Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles stand out.…

Condo rents decline in 2020, with one notable exception

Covid-19 may have left much of the Singapore property market unscathed in 2020, but the economic effects of the pandemic has undoubtably impacted investor-landlords. According to the URA Rental Index, condo rents declined by 0.5% y-o-y in 2020.…

From 200 to 25,000 bicycles: How SG Bike became the largest bike-sharing firm in S’pore

The bike-sharing landscape in Singapore has seen a boom and bust over the years. Back in 2017, it was saturated with seven bike-sharing players but many also exited the market within a few years. Out of that seven…

Paris Baguette opens largest Singapore store yet

South Korean Bakery Paris Baguette has launched its first duplex store in Singapore, the brand’s largest outlet yet in the city. Located at 313@Somerset, the store spans 3,200 sqft with a capacity of 80 seats. While the first…

F&B sector has evolved over the course of 2020

The F&B industry was hit especially hard by Covid-19, with the economic downturn, lockdown measures and dine-in restrictions leading to the sector reporting a y-o-y loss of almost 30 per cent at the end of the third quarter…

Kimly unit enters into joint venture to run coffeeshop at Hougang

Coffeeshop consolidator Kimly announced on Thurs that its wholly-owned subsidiary Kimly Makan Place has entered into a JV agreement to run a coffeeshop at Hougang. Kimly Makan Place will manage the coffeeshop located at Blk 134 Lorong Ah…

Singapore to build ecosystem of venture studios: DPM Heng

The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has parked its latest corporate venture campus in Singapore, in part of the city-state’s efforts to “build up an ecosystem of venture studios” for corporate innovation, said DPM Heng at the launch of…

199-year Boat Quay shophouse up for sale for S$27m

A 199-year leasehold conservation shophouse located at 31 South Bridge Road and 88 Circular Road in Boat Quay is up for sale via private treaty at S$27 million, ERA said on Fri. The two-storey asset sits on a…

Retail rents fell 14.7% in 2020; market will remain challenging, say analysts

The decline in retail rents gathered pace in the fourth quarter, taking the full-year drop in URA’s rental index of retail space in the central region to 14.7 per cent. This is in sharp contrast with the increase…

Retail rents fall at faster clip of 5.2% in Q4 but vacancy eases to 8.8%

Rentals of retail space in Singapore’s central region decreased by 5.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year over the previous three months. This is a bigger pace of decline compared with the 4.5 per cent…

Property consultants upbeat about Singapore office market in second half

Property consultants are cautiously optimistic about prospects for the Singapore office market, at least in the second half of this year. “While the first half of 2021 is expected to show the continued grappling of the pandemic, the…

Singapore office rents fall at slower clip of 3.5% q-o-q in Q4, vacancies ease

Rentals of office space in the central region of Singapore fell 3.5 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2020 over the previous three months, a smaller rate of decline compared with the 4.5 per cent drop in…

Sabana’s manager wants to leave failed merger behind to look forward for growth

CEO of Sabana Reit manager Donald Han has made it clear that he wants to leave behind the failed merger with ESR-Reit and work on improving the Reit’s portfolio and performance going forward. On Fri, he said: “I…

As Covid-19 rages on, is Singapore risking too much to host the World Economic Forum?

In the coming months, more than a thousand government officials, business leaders and sportspeople are expected to flock to Singapore, a nation that seems to have contained Covid-19 infections far better than US or countries in Europe. WEF…

Amid COVID-19 challenges, the rise of home baking helps Phoon Huat to whisk up expansion plans

Baking, according to CEO of Phoon Huat, is an activity that brings “peace and happiness to the home”. “The aroma of cakes is the best flavour to make everybody at home smile,” said Mr Shuichi Sato. The 55-year-old…

Prices of HDB resale flats, private homes rise in 2020, sparking concerns about affordability

Prices of public housing resale flats surged to multi-year highs last year in defiance of the largest recession since Singapore’s independence, while private property prices also climbed, based on data released by the authorities on Fri. Some property…

Private home prices up in Q4 2020, while new homes sales fell

Singapore saw private home prices increase for a third consecutive quarter by 2.1% q-o-q during the fourth quarter of 2020 – the steepest quarterly increase in over two years. For the whole of 2020, private home prices rose…

HDB resale prices up 3.1% in Q4 2020, 5% in 2020

Despite the difficult economic conditions, the HDB resale market remained in good shape, with prices rising for the third consecutive quarter by 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2020. It is also the highest quarterly hike since Q3…

Singapore real estate firm Frasers Property commits to net zero emissions by 2050

Frasers Property has committed to be carbon neutral by 2050. The company, which made the announcement on Thurs in its sustainability report, is the first publicly listed Singaporean company to set a net-zero carbon emissions target for the…

Analysts mostly positive on CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust, says REIT is on the way to recovery

Analysts from CGS-CIMB Research, DBS Group Research and RHB Group Research are mostly positive on CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust (CICT) after the REIT posted its FY2020 results on Jan 21. As the REIT as 16.3% of portfolio income…

Sabana REIT reports 47.7% higher 2H20 DPU of 2.29 cents; REIT manager says it will continue to ensure sustainable value as standalone REIT

The manager of Sabana REIT, on Jan 22, reported DPU of 2.29 cents for the 2HFY2020 ended Dec, 47.7% higher than 1.55 cents a year ago. 2HFY2020 distributable income came in 48.1% y-o-y higher at $24.1 million, which…

Linked detached house at Lengkok Merak for $16.95 mil

When Michael Ang, MD of Hansa Land and builder, Hong Kiat Construction, came across the semi-detached located at the corner of Lengkok Merak, just off One Tree Hill, he felt he had to buy it. This was because…

The Reef at King’s Dock: ‘An urban village’

The Reef at King’s Dock previewed over the weekend of Jan 16–17 and drew 1,300 visitors. It will be officially launched on Jan 30–31. The 429-unit luxury condominium, which sits on a 284,266 sqft, 99-year leasehold land strip…

Three-bedder at Sommerville Grandeur reaps $1.69 mil profit

The most profitable deal during the week of Jan 5 to 12 was the sale of a 1,830 sqft three-bedroom unit at Sommerville Grandeur in District 10. Bought for $1.59 million ($869 psf) in Feb 1995 and sold…

Three-bedder at Grand Duchess At St Patrick’s on the market for $2.5 mil

A three-bedroom unit at the Grand Duchess at St Patrick’s, located on Saint Patrick’s Road in District 15, is on the market for $2.5 million, or $1,799 psf on the floor area. The 1,389 sqft unit is listed…

Teo Heng KTV’s exit in S’pore a “temporary move” – will persevere and hold on to 2 outlets

Homegrown family-friendly karaoke studio Teo Heng KTV was founded back in 1989 by Jackson Teo, who started out selling karaoke sound systems at Katong Shopping Centre. In July last year, Teo Heng KTV announced that it will be…

Frasers Centrepoint Trust reports 96.4% retail portfolio occupancy in Q1 FY21

The manager of Frasers Centrepoint Trust (FCT) said on Thurs that its performance for the final three months of 2020 remained resilient, with retail portfolio occupancy stable at 96.4 per cent. In an exchange filing, it said total…

Daiso is latest household brand in Singapore to go online, but shoppers also want physical stores

Japanese discount store Daiso launched its Singapore website on Mon to provide more choices to its customers. The online platform lists products in 25 categories including cleaning supplies, daily necessities and personal care. “We have been working on…

Going, going, not gone: Marks & Spencer to continue operations at Raffles City despite earlier announcement

Looks like Marks & Spencer isn’t going to shutter its Raffles City Shopping Centre outlet after all. The brand had originally announced that the outlet would permanently close its doors on Dec 31 last year. The lease for…

Start-up looks to help smaller commercial facilities reduce energy consumption

Mr Jason Tang, founder and CEO of energy solutions start-up TablePointer, was troubled that commercial facilities left their machines running even when they were not required. While energy efficiency solutions were available on the market, they were mostly…

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