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Sick Man of Asia, anyone?

THE business community has reason to be jittery these past few weeks. No matter how Manila’s port bigwigs spin the container-van congestion problem to make it seem favorable, businessmen know better.

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Running the vision

THE last 20 years saw the use of the business-management criteria set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the business community become a religion. Beginning as a sensible and structured way to set procedures and practices, particularly for large and diverse companies, the criteria were filtered down to smaller companies, often as a substitute for common sense.

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Retail business: The new battleground in a booming economy

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EXPORTS have not been a huge driver of economic growth or of foreign-exchange reserves for the Philippines. According to the World Bank, exports accounted for 27.92 percent of the country’s total output or gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013, compared with 121.31 percent for neighboring Malaysia and 73.57 percent for Thailand.

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