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Inflation remains low at 2.4% in July 2019

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:00 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation remains within target for the 6th straight month, but economists warn of the so-called base effect

Consumer Insighting & Storytelling Conference returns to the marketing scene

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:08 PM

The conference is happening on August 28-29 at The Marquis Events Place, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Inflation slows down to 2.7% in June 2019

Jul 05, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(UPDATED) This is well within the government's target and the lowest inflation rate since September 2017

Inflation, water crisis weaken consumer outlook in Q2 2019

Jun 25, 2019 - 7:25 PM

Consumers were pessimistic, but businesses were upbeat for the 2nd quarter of 2019, according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas surveys

China inflation hits highest level in 15 months

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:55 PM

Rising pork and fruit prices lead to higher inflation in China for May 2019

A customer (L) buys meat at a market in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province on June 12, 2019. - Inflation in China rose to its highest level in more than a year in May driven by surges in pork and fruit prices due to the African swine fever epidemic and bad weather, official data showed on June 12. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Inflation inches up to 3.2% in May 2019

Jun 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) The Philippines' inflation rate rises in May 2019, the first time that it rose after 6 straight months of slowdowns. Did the central bank cut rates too soon?

Inflation again settles within target at 3% in April 2019

May 07, 2019 - 9:03 AM

(4th UPDATE) As inflation eases further in April, analysts are looking at whether the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas will cut the benchmark interest rate or the reserve requirement ratio

Vegetables at the Commonwealth Public Market on Sunday, April 28, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Huawei planning to launch 5G 8K TV – report

May 02, 2019 - 1:00 PM

As early as this year, the tech giant may be releasing what may well be the world's first 5G TV

Inflation eases further to 3.3% in March 2019

Apr 05, 2019 - 9:05 AM

(4th UPDATE) Inflation again slows down in March. Will the central bank now cut interest rates?

China consumer price index at lowest level in a year

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:31 PM

The consumer price index declines only at 1.5% in February year-on-year, compared to January's 1.7%

INFLATION. China's factory inflation eased in October owing to slackening demand and a trade war with the United States, while consumer price inflation is at its lowest. Photo by Nicolas ASFOURI/AFP

Finally! Inflation in February 2019 falls within target at 3.8%

Mar 05, 2019 - 9:04 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Metro Manila sees its lowest inflation rate in 18 months. All other regions also exhibit slower inflation rates.

Australia watchdog tips tough rules to curb power of Google, Facebook

Feb 11, 2019 - 2:17 PM

'We cannot simply leave the production of news and journalism to market forces,' says the head of Australia's competition watchdog, in light of Google and Facebook's dominance in digital ad spend

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Inflation slows down further to 4.4% in January 2019

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:01 AM

(UPDATED) The latest inflation figure is closer to the government's target range of 2% to 4%

Feeling the inflation pinch, Filipinos hold back on spending

Feb 04, 2019 - 1:32 PM

TheNerve’s survey results show Filipinos feeling financially worse off in 2018

Virtual reality makes splash, but it's not ready for prime time

Jan 11, 2019 - 5:18 PM

Even with impressive visuals, virtual reality appears to be in the slow lane toward mass adoption, according to analysts and industry attendees at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show

VIRTUAL REALITY AT CES 2019. Attendees take a virtual reality tour at the Intel booth at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, January 10, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Star Trek style translators step closer to reality at CES 2019

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:42 PM

An array of companies at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show are promoting increasingly sophisticated devices that allow people speaking different languages to converse with the help of handheld devices or wireless earpieces

TRANSLATORS AT CES 2019. The Travis Touch pocket translator is displayed at CES 2019 consumer electronics show, on January 9, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

For auto tech at CES, 'user experience' becomes the key

Jan 09, 2019 - 4:38 PM

With full autonomous driving still likely years away, there is a growing interest in making cars a place to live, work, communicate and enjoy the ride

MAKING CARS BETTER. Visteon's exhibit at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show included a prototype cockpit for cars which can be adapted for autonomous driving on January 8, 2019 in Las Vegas. Photo by Robert Lever/AFP

Intel's latest chips compete with Project Athena in CES 2019 showcase

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:37 PM

Intel announces their next-generation 10nm Ice Lake chip is shipping this year.

INTEL INSIDE. Gregory Bryant, Intel senior vice president in the Client Computing Group, motions to a new laptop held by Sam Burd, president of the client solution group at Dell, during Intel's news event at CES 2019 on Jan. 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. Photo by Walden Kirsch/Intel Corporation

Hyundai shows off walking car project at CES 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 3:31 PM

Hyundai's Elevate project is billed as an unprecedented 'Ultimate Mobility Vehicle' that combines technology from electric cars with robotics

ELEVATE. David Byron, industrial design manager for Sundberg-Ferar, speaks about the Hyundai Elevate during the Hyundai press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 7, 2019. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Sony's key announcements at CES 2019 include new TVs, strong PS4 sales

Jan 08, 2019 - 2:42 PM

We highlight some of the biggest announcements from Sony – from giant TVs to the ultimate party speaker

SONY'S KENICHIRO YOSHIDA. Sony President and CEO Kenichiro Yoshida walks on stage to speak at the Sony Electronics Inc. press conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center during CES 2019 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas on January 7, 2019. Photo by David McNew/AFP

At CES 2019, U.S. gadget love forecast to grow despite trust issues

Jan 07, 2019 - 10:26 AM

Trends gaining momentum – and expected to be on display on the CES show – include super high resolution 8K televisions, blazingly-fast 5G wireless internet, and virtual aides like Amazon's Alexa and the Google Assistant

CES 2019. Set up is underway at the Google pavilion at the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2019 technology show January 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

Inflation cools down to 5.1% in December 2018

Jan 04, 2019 - 9:04 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation eases in December amid a sharp drop in global oil prices, higher domestic rice supply, and a slight recovery of the peso

Global tech show to celebrate innovation amid mounting concerns

Jan 02, 2019 - 3:41 PM

'I think 2019 will be a year of trust-related challenges for the tech industry,' says an analyst

CES. File photo of the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 11, 2018 showing a Panasonic Thermal Imager displaying both a thermal image and a camera image. Photo by David McNew / AFP

Inflation eases to 6% in November 2018

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:02 AM

(3rd UPDATE) All regions post slower inflation rates except Central Luzon, which retains its October 2018 rate

Google accused of manipulation to track users

Nov 27, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The complaints cite a study by the Norwegian Consumer Council which concluded Google used 'deceptive design and misleading information, which results in users accepting to be constantly tracked'

TRACKING. This photo taken on August 23, 2018 shows the Google logo on display at the Smart China Expo at Chongqing International Expo Center in southwest China's Chongqing. File photo by AFP.

Mozilla lists potentially unsecure gadgets in time for holidays

Nov 19, 2018 - 2:30 PM

From consoles to Star Wars toys, Mozilla reviews the security level of 70 devices people might be thinking of giving as a holiday gift

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Commuter group seeks rollback in jeepney, bus minimum fares

Nov 13, 2018 - 5:29 PM

A commuter group argues that fuel prices have been going down for 5 consecutive weeks

LOWER PRICES. There is a downward trend in oil prices globally. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Inflation steady at 6.7% in October 2018

Nov 06, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest figure reinforces the projections of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Department of Finance that inflation is beginning to taper off

LTFRB junks commuters' appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hike

Oct 30, 2018 - 11:17 AM

Following the decision, jeepney and bus fare increases will take effect in November

JEEP. Commuters wait for the jeepney to get filled. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Commuters file appeal vs jeepney, bus fare hikes

Oct 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The implementation of the fare hikes, originally set for November, could be delayed while the appeal is being heard

COMMUTE. Bumper-to-bumper traffic is seen in front of the Iglesia ni Cristo Church along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Photo by Joel Liporada

FAST FACTS: Philippine inflation rate over the years

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:00 PM

In using historical inflation data, the base year of the data should be taken into account

Inflation in September 2018 strains Filipinos' budget at 6.7%

Oct 05, 2018 - 8:59 AM

(UPDATED) Inflation spoils the country's growth outlook, poverty alleviation efforts, and people's perception on the government

Singapore watchdog fines Grab, Uber $9.5M over merger

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:40 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore says the merger significantly reduced market competition and led to higher fares

PSA contradicts Pernia, blames technical glitch for late inflation data

Sep 12, 2018 - 5:15 PM

The Philippine Statistics Authority's statement differs from that of Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia, who said a miscalculation had to be corrected

Consumers turn gloomy over Philippine economy in Q3 2018

Sep 07, 2018 - 8:13 PM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas' consumer expectation report reveals that Filipinos are now pessimistic on the economy

Roque on 9-year high inflation: 'Nothing to worry about'

Sep 07, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Malacañang says the 6.4% August inflation rate is 'not ridiculously high' and points to other indicators that show a healthy Philippine economy

Robredo to Duterte gov't: 'Stop dismissing inflation as sign of growing economy'

Sep 06, 2018 - 11:20 AM

'Sa halip na patahimikin ang mga taong pumupuna ng mga pagkukulang nila, gamitin sana itong pagkakataon ng administrasyon na patunayang kaya nilang pababain ang presyo ng mga bilihin,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

GOVERNMENT PRIORITIES. Vice President Leni Robredo urges the Duterte administration to focus on easing high food prices rather than on matters like putting back opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in jail. File photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

IN CHARTS: This is how bad August 2018 inflation is in regions

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:30 PM

Which region had the highest inflation? Where did vegetable prices spike the most? Here's a look.

Gov't 'did little or nothing' to stop 6.4% August inflation

Sep 05, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda says market opportunists and rice hoarders can no longer be blamed for the rising prices of goods in the country

NOT SATISFIED. Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda is dissatisfied with the way the Duterte administration is handling soaring inflation. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Inflation surges to 6.4% in August 2018, exceeds estimates

Sep 05, 2018 - 10:17 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The latest figure moves even further away from the government's inflation target range of only 2% to 4%


EXPLAINER: What is hyperinflation?

Aug 22, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Here's an overview of what hyperinflation means, how it starts, how it affects people, and what can be done to address it

Filipino 'prosumers' want brands to tackle social issues – study

Aug 18, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A new type of Filipino consumer that is socially aware is on the rise, and businesses have to keep up with them to stay relevant

RESPONSIBLE. A study says a certain group of consumers are seeking for more meaningful purchases. AFP photo


Bangko Sentral raises inflation forecast for 2018, 2019

Aug 10, 2018 - 10:20 AM

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas sees 2018 full-year inflation hitting 4.9% and 2019 average inflation at 3.7%

INFLATION. Prices of goods continue to rise in the Philippines, prompting the central bank to raise its inflation forecast. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Inflation hits another fresh high of 5.7% in July 2018

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:05 AM

(UPDATED) This is mainly due to prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, which keep rising

INFLATION. Prices of food and basic commodities soar in July. Photo by Jire Carreon

Upcoming iPhones might not come with headphone dongle – report

Aug 06, 2018 - 12:11 PM

If you're considering using your wired headphones with this year's iPhones, you may need to purchase the dongle separately

IPHONE 7. This file photo taken on September 7, 2016 shows the iPhone 7 is seen on display during an Apple media event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP


Huawei launches quad-camera Nova 3, Nova 3i

Jul 29, 2018 - 3:48 PM

The Nova 3i is now available for P15,990 while the Nova 3 will hit stores soon at the starting price of P25,990

#AngMahalNa: Additional fees, price increases burden Filipinos

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Rappler tracks down the latest increases or additional charges and fees that affect and hurt the pockets of Filipinos

What Android users should know about Google’s fight with the EU

Jul 20, 2018 - 3:04 PM

The European Union's $5 billion anti-trust fine challenges the core of Google's Android licensing model, possibly leading to more expensive Android devices

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Who's to blame for soaring inflation? 'All of them' in gov't, says economist

Jul 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

UP professor Emmanuel de Dios likens the Philippines' economic managers to the suspects in Agatha Christie's 'Murder on the Orient Express' – they're all 'guilty'

Road block for Uber-Grab deal in Singapore

Jul 05, 2018 - 8:08 PM

The Competition and Consumer Commission of Singapore (CCCS) criticizes both companies for going ahead with the deal despite restrictions imposed in March to pause the transaction while an anti-competition probe was underway