Some 105,100 people here became high net worth individuals (HNWIs) last year. It's a 4.5 per cent increase from the 100,500 who were classified as HNWIs the previous year. -AsiaOne
SGX posted a net profit of S$78 million for the three months, down from S$92 million in the same period a year earlier. -Reuters
The Hang Seng Index edged up 18.32 points to 23,088.58 - a third day of gains - on turnover of $8.6b. -AFP
Singapore's Keppel Corporation Ltd said its third-quarter net profit fell 9 per cent on the year to S$414 million, weighed down by a lacklustre performance at its property division. -Reuters
Microsoft chief Satya Nadella, whose gaffe advising women to trust "karma" for pay raises sparked a firestorm, earned $84.3 million (S$107 million) this year. -AFP
The current drought threatens losses in billions of dollars for California. -AFP
However, it exceeded the median forecast of 7.2 per cent in an AFP survey of 17 economists. -AFP
The government has pledged to open up the coal mining industry to private players as it promises reforms to revive the ailing economy. -AFP
France is the only country in Europe where discounters have seen a significant drop in market share. -Reuters
Satya Nadella hosted a 'cloud' press gathering and found himself fielding questions about a gaffe that has been hounding him since early this month. -AFP

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