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FOOD prices will remain higher in the next decade than in the past 10 years as agricultural production slows and demand increases, putting the poor at a rising risk of malnutrition and hunger, the OECD and the United Nations said in a joint report yesterday.

Global farm output is forecast to grow an average 1.7 percent a year through 2020, compared with 2.6 percent in the previous decade, the
CHINA'S Consumer Price Index, a main gauge of inflation, rose 2 percent in November, up from the previous month's 1.7 percent, the National Bureau of Statistics said yesterday.

October's figure was a 33-month low and last month's increase was the first acceleration since August.

"The November growth rate was largely attributable to a surge in food costs," said Wang Jun, an expert with the C
TUDOU, China's second-largest video website, looks set to finally list in the United States after its initial public offering plan was interrupted for more than half a year because of a divorce case involving its founder and Chief Executive Gary Wang.

Tudou aims to sell 5.6 million shares at US to US each on Nasdaq to raise as much as US0 million if over-subscription occurs, according to a ren
SHELVES stacked to the ceiling with low-price hot sauce, Barbie dolls, and noodles stand near tanks where shoppers can fish out live sea bass for dinner. Welcome to RT-Mart, China's version of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

From Shanghai to Chengdu, the outlets run by China's largest big-box retailer, Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, are recreating American-style Wal-Marts, with one big difference: They're giv
Bustling Xidan Street in downtown Beijing is home to dozens of clothing stores, featuring both foreign and domestic labels.It is also testimony to the growing popularity of domestic brands. Not only are Zara and H&M full of chic teenagers, but so, too, are their Chinese competitor, MetersBonwe.Furthermore, PYE, JNBY, Ochirly, Septwolves, Lilanz and Cabeen have all witnessed growth in sales over t
SHANGHAI International Group is to set up a venture capital firm to offer finance to small and medium enterprises as part of the city's strategy to support the underfinanced sector.

The investment arm of the Shanghai city government will invest 1 billion yuan (US6 million), including 500 million yuan of city government revenue, in the new firm, the Shanghai Financial Services Office said yeste
Asia-Pacific region expected to have 126 million subscribers by 2015

China will be a main driver for the deployment of the fourth-generation (4G) mobile telephone network in the Asia-Pacific region, and the country will have almost half of the total 4G subscribers in the region by 2015, according to officials from the GSM Association
A LIQUOR company is disputing the findings of a testing company in Shanghai that its products contain excessive and toxic plasticizers which could impair male sexual function and even cause liver cancer.

According to a report on news website, Jiugui, a type of Chinese liquor selling for 438 yuan (US$70) a bottle, was found to contain three plasticizers with one being 260 percent abov




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