G-7 economic talks begin in Japan
The G-7 summit begins today in Japan and is set to be dominated by talks about the lacklustre global economy, although divisions are likely to remain over whether the world should spend or save its way out of the current malaise. World leaders will also discuss the spectre of terrorism in this two-day event, with French President Francois Hollande keen to address the issue after a brutal year that saw France hit twice by extremists.
Electronics fair returns
The Consumer Electronics Exhibition is back at Suntec Singapore from today until Sunday, noon to 9pm daily. Visitors can trade in their old or faulty PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones and video game consoles for cash vouchers to be spent at the electronics fair. They can also expect deals on laptops, printers and handsets, as well as games and gaming hardware. Admission is free.
Release of HK trade data
Hong Kong will release its April trade figures today, even as analysts expect a further slowdown in imports and exports, on the back of falling trade with its largest trading partner - China. Hong Kong's major exports include electronics and clothing, while imports are mainly manufactured goods, mineral fuels and food. Its trade deficit widened 1.8 per cent year-on-year to HK$47 billion (S$8.4 billion) in March as exports fell more than imports.