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Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

In the quiet turns of Tranquillity in Portland, near Buff Bay, artist Jeremiah ‘Miah’ Samuels displays his duffel bags, caps, and boots made from straw. Straw products are usually made in the form of mats and brooms, and of course large beach hats...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2022 | 12:06 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

For the price of a small boutique hotel, Real estate investors can buy one of Jamaica’s historic structures, the Cardiff Hall Great House in St Ann, which is on the market for US$12 million ($1.9 billion) not as a commercial property, but as a...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2022 | 11:55 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

The Jamaica economy grew six per cent in the first quarter of 2022, due to increased activity in the services sector, the Planning Institute of Jamaica reported on Wednesday. Services grew 8.9 per cent while the goods producing industry expanded by...

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2022 | 1:10 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Jamaica will import more molasses this year to meet rising demand from rum companies. The sector projects it will need five times more of the cane by-product than Jamaica’s sugar factories can churn out. The local supply of molasses has been...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:06 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Crystal, at twenty-something, is unabashed about her lifestyle. She is one of thousands of Jamaicans who depend on remittances from overseas for living expenses. But Crystal, whose real name is masked to protect her privacy, does not totally fit...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Cigarette trader Carreras Limited plans to increase its distribution outlets to grow volume sales while keeping prices steady. The company, whose retired chairman Oliver Holmes is yet to be replaced, told shareholders at their annual general...

Published:Friday | November 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

J amaicans are drinking more beer than before the pandemic, according to local brewery Desnoes...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Caribbean Cement Company Limited, the maker of Carib Cement, released earnings that showed the first signs of weakness since the onset of the pandemic last year March. The company, however, stated that the outlook remains strong ahead of its plant...

Published:Friday | October 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

A mid the recovery of some jobs as the economy rebounds, consumer prices have been rising steadily, the most rapid pace so far occurring at the end of summer, which has served to push the headline inflation rate far beyond the target that Jamaica’...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:10 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Europe-based global clean energy firm MPC Energy Solutions, which is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in Norway, is reporting that it has leased several acres of land in Jamaica as part of a major project to develop a 72.5-megawatt, MW, solar...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Rating agency Fitch has put a price tag of a whopping US$1.3 billion or some $194 billion on potential damage from a major, above-normal hurricane that could affect Jamaica, but says storm insurance from the recently activated catastrophe bond...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Brokerage firm Proven Wealth Limited says it is weighing the possibility of adding cryptocurrency trading for clients to its suite of products, signalling a major shift for the company and the wealth management industry in Jamaica. Proven’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:06 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

The volume of airline passengers in Jamaica hovers at one-quarter below record levels, which signals some recovery at least during summer months, according to traffic data released on Monday by the Pacific Airport Group, GAP, which controls Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | September 4, 2021 | 2:25 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Productive Business Solutions Limited (PBS), which operates the Xerox franchise for the Caribbean and parts of Latin America, announced that it will acquire a third-party technology company branded as PBS Technology Group Limited (PBSTG) for cash...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Michael Lee-Chin’s Portland Private Equity firm and affiliates have poured more funds into Merqueo, the Latin American online grocery business that has been widening its scope since the pandemic-related lockdowns. Portland views e-commerce as a...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Chukka Caribbean Adventures and owners of the lands surrounding the Old Spanish Bridge in St Ann have barred unauthorised entrance to the iconic White River, citing unauthorised vending and garbage pile-ups in the area. Chukka said it’s held the...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Jamaica Producers Group, JP, is already generating profit from its recent acquisition, Geest Line Limited, amid rising demand for shipping services. “Everyone is making money on shipping now,” said JP Managing Director Jeffrey Hall, adding in an...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Two craft beer makers are in different stages of rolling out operations, including one led by a former head of Red Stripe Jamaica, the Financial Gleaner understands. But little is known of the two microbreweries, which are separately owned and...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:33 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

NCB Financial Group Limited, Jamaica’s top banking conglomerate, announced plans Friday to release a cash app for money transfers, called Link, its latest digital initiative. Vernon James, the former head of NCB Insurance, will head the venture. “...

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

The Jamaica Stock Exchange, JSE, announced that two companies have gained broker licences, upping the network to 15. The JSE also expects by next year to start allowing investors to make money from the fall in prices of certain stocks, otherwise...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:07 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

Canadian start-up Field Trip Health Limited is investing US$1.1 million in a research facility for psychedelic mushrooms at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies, UWI. The partnership was struck in April 2020, but the financial...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 1:16 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

The Fair Trading Commission (FTC), in an expanded study published this month, found that commercial banks were at times twice as likely to charge customers for early repayment of loans, compared with other lending institutions. The banks, however,...

Published:Friday | June 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

The Jamaica Public Service Company system used to track power outages is vulnerable to cyberattacks, and needs to be upgraded, the power utility said in its annual filing for a tariff review of electricity rates. It’s one of several items on the...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 2:56 PMSteven Jackson - Senior Business Reporter

More than half of the stock market companies in Jamaica utilise the ‘Big2’ accounting firms – Pricewaterhouse Coopers and KPMG – which the Fair Trading Commission (FTC) said reflects their large market power. Between 2013 and 2018, some 353 audits...

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