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of accountants in the U.K. would be comfortable working with a robot colleague, according to a study of 100 accountants who were asked about the state of the industry. More than half expect artificial intelligence to help with work in the next five years, while 78 percent are considering re-training to safeguard their jobs in future.

HK$10.6 billion

The value of assets, from medical devices to drugs, Alibaba Group plans to inject into Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Health Information Technology, which will become its healthcare flagship platform, said Chief Executive Officer Daniel Zhang.


The percentage of Chinese respondents who are positive about the global and local economy, according to the 18th edition of EY’s Capital Confidence Barometer, a global study of more than 2,500 senior executives in 43 countries. 75 percent, however, consider reshaping their portfolio a priority in order to keep up with new technology.