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The fraction of businesses who plan to alter their supply chains in the next three years to make them more socially and environmentally responsible, according to a global survey released this month by HSBC. Some companies are switching to renewable energy, while others seek to reduce the amount of goods and components they move when producing an item, said the bank, which surveyed clients across 34 markets.


The percentage of surveyed consumers in 10 cities in the Greater Bay Area who expect their online spending next year to exceed the amount they spend offline. This illustrates the increased opportunities available to smart retailers, according to Tapping into smart retail, a recent report by KPMG China and GS1 Hong Kong.



The record number of Securities and Futures Commission-licenced individuals as of the end of September. The number of people applying to become stockbrokers, futures traders, analysts or fund managers in Hong Kong rose by 15 percent in the third quarter, compared with the same period last year, the South China Morning Post reported.