09 November 2005

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Business Today

Property market responds with first increase in prices
James Debono
As prospective property sellers are weighing the impact of the new property tax regime the market has already displayed the first signs of an anticipated increase in prices.

Banks could reduce loan facilities as government attempts to curb evasion
James Debono
Government’s budget proposal to tighten the fiscal grip on building contractors and construction tradesmen by imposing an obligation on banks to ask for fiscal receipts has received a cold reception in financial circles, with sources telling Business Today that banks could respond by reducing loan facilities.

Venture capital fund stuck at lawmaking stage
Matthew Vella
A year since Budget 2005, and the Lm900,000 venture capital fund promised in the last budget for small enterprises and industry has not been set up yet.

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