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  Dubai’s Abraaj Group sells stake in Thai hospital
Jan , 21 , 2013  
  Abraaj Group sold its stake in a Thai hospital, Vejthani, to KPJ Healthcare (a Southeast Asian healthcare chain).
 

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  Etihad Etisalat Co announces major capex plans
Jan , 21 , 2013  
  Etihad Etisalat Co announced plans to invest SAR22bn over the next five years to boost the fiber optic network in Saudi Arabia so as to cover 500,000 residential units by the end of 2013.
 

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  PetroRabigh reports higher net profit in 4Q12
Jan , 21 , 2013  
  PetroRabigh’s net income grew 35.4% YoY to SAR68.1mn in 4Q12 on higher pricing of polymer products. Net profit stood at SAR488.9mn in 2012 compared to SAR65.9mn in 2011, as the previous year included plant shutdowns due to periodical testing and inspection.
 

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  China raises investment limit for Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund
Jan , 21 , 2013  
  China’s foreign exchange regulator permitted Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund to invest USD1bn, vis-à-vis USD300mn earlier, in the Chinese securities market.
 

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  Alafco may list shares on international exchange
Jan , 21 , 2013  
  Alafco (an aircraft leasing group and a unit of Kuwait Finance House) may list some shares on an international exchange.
 

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  UK retail sales fall in December
Jan , 20 , 2013  
  Retail sales in the UK registered an unexpected fall in December despite the Christmas season, indicating consumer concerns over economic contraction; sales declined 0.1% MoM in December, after remaining flat in November. In contrast, the market was expecting a rise of 0.2% MoM during the month. Similarly, sales excluding auto fuel dipped 0.3% MoM while the market had predicted a MoM growth of 0.1%.
 

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  US housing starts rise to a four-year high
Jan , 20 , 2013  
  US housing starts jumped 12.1% to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 954,000 in December from the revised figure of 851,000 in the previous month. The housing starts also beat market expectations of a rise to 887,000 from 861,000 originally reported in November, and reached the highest annual rate recorded since June 2008.
 

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  Consumer sentiment weakens in the US
Jan , 20 , 2013  
  US consumer sentiment deteriorated surprisingly in January, coming in at 71.3, down from 72.9 in the previous month. This marked the second successive fall in the index reading, in contrast with the market expectations of a rise to 75.0.
 

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  Orascom Telecom raises stake in Wind Mobile Canada
Jan , 20 , 2013  
  Egypt’s Orascom Telecom announced plans to increase stake in Wind Mobile Canada for undisclosed terms.
 

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  Inflation rises in Saudi Arabia
Jan , 20 , 2013  
  Saudi Arabia’s cost of living index increased 3.6% in December 2012. Tobacco prices rose 12.8%, followed by hotel and restaurant costs (6%) and clothing costs (5.2%).
 

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