Sunday Circle
Issue No. 158
8 – 14 November 2000
The power of information:
John Ellul Vincenti


Facing the challenges ahead: Air Malta’s annual report

Why we welcome investigations: Exotique on the piracy clampdown

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Newly registered companies
- as of 6 November, 2000

Missing the wood for the trees
Why Tony Zarb should resign


Revising the tax system

Finance Minister John Dalli speaks on reforms in the Inland Revenue Department over recent years, enforcing the existing provisions of the Income Tax Act and employer awareness over tax issues at a forum organised by the Malta Institute of Taxation

Management challenges in the new Europe
Following are extracts from a speech made by Economic Services Minister Prof. Josef Bonnici as he recently addressed a Malta Institute of Management-organised conference entitled "The Challenges Facing Management in an Enlarged Europe."


Euro-Partnership initiative in the Mediterranean
Maltese companies will very soon have a golden opportunity to discuss Euro-Mediterranean partnerships with several hundred carefully selected counterparts from Italy and 60 other countries from Europe and the Mediterranean.

Price Club supermarket chain to open eight stores in Libya
By Ray Abdilla

The supermarket chain "Price Club" is to open eight new stores in Libya.
The news follows discussions held recently between the directors of the Supermarket Chain Price Club, and officials from the Libyan government.
Libyan sources told The Business Times that the deal was a direct result of intervention from Victor Zammit, who is Director of Price Club Supermarket.
It is understood that Essadi Muammer Gaddafi, son of Libyan president Colonel Gaddafi, was involved in the talks. Essadi had earlier this year accepted to become Birkirkara FC's honorary president and was also willing to play for Birkirkara in Europe, providing his club El-Ahli FC and his fans approved. READ FULL ARTICLE

Survey indicates caution in consumer spending
By Miriam Dunn

Consumers are becoming more cautious and taking account of fiscal changes and their possible impact, according to data collected by a research agency.
The wide-ranging survey, which is done on an annual basis and was sent to some 50,000 households, asked a number of questions about the recipients’ lifestyles, such as buying patterns, home and leisure activities.
The Research Bureau’s company director, John Ellul Vincenti, explained that the information gathered indicated that although people had aspirations to improve their quality of life, they were thinking ahead and becoming more cautious about what they were going to buy.
+ A full interview with John Ellul Vincenti

Local News
e-shore puts Maltese wine on the Internet
"50,000 Internet user market cannot be ignored"

Retail Price Index jumps by 0.32 points
The Retail Price Index jumped by 2.18 points to 112.80 in September according to figures issued by the Central Office of Statistics.
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John Ellul Vincenti
As consumers become more demanding, suppliers are realising the importance of having the right product available for a target market sector. In line with this, companies are now adopting a number of innovative methods to ensure they reach their customers, including direct marketing, as company director, John Ellul Vincenti, explains to Miriam Dunn

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