Summit Notebook

Audio – Retailers take note: Housing slide may dent holiday cheer

June 25, 2007

zandi.jpgMass-market retailers putting together their orders for the holiday season might want to prepare for the worst. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s, said home price weakness may well worsen in the autumn, hurting consumer sentiment and retail demand heading into the end of the year. “I think retailing will be very, very soft, particularly for lower, middle-income households,” he told the Reuters Global Real Estate Summit in New York. However, luxury retailers should do fine as the well-off will be relatively unscathed by a housing downturn, Zandi said.

Audio – Istithmar lays down line on fate of $4 bln deal

March 26, 2007

istithmar.jpgDubai’s Istithmar will decide in the next month on whether to buy a controlling stake in a $4 billion Western European media company, the chief executive of the government-owned investment agency said. CEO David Jackson sets out the facts to Reuters Middle East investment Summit.

Audio – Taqa CEO’s shopping ambitions

March 26, 2007

taqa.JPGTaqa CEO Peter Barker-Homek gives Reuters Middle East Summit the latest details about the energy company’s purchasing plans for this year.

How Mubadala differs from other investment firms

March 26, 2007

mubadala.jpgAbu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Co. chief operating officer Waleed al-Mokarrab al-Muhairi outlines the key difference between Mubadala and other investment firms. The company said on Monday it was considering bids from as many as 10 telecom firms to set up operations in Nigeria after securing a licence in Africa’s most populous country.

Audio – The feel-good factor of oil prices higher than $60 -DIFX

March 26, 2007

Dubai International Financial Exchange Chairman Henry Azzam talks oil — and what happens if crude prices stay above $60 a barrel. Azzam told Reuters Middle East Investment Summit that oil prices need to stay above $60 a barrel to prompt a recovery in Gulf equity markets by boosting investor confidence.

Audio – DIFC on what really matters for Islamic finance

March 26, 2007

shaali1.jpgDubai International Financial Centre CEO Nasser al-Shaali tells Reuters Middle East investment Summit about the importance of gaining a critical mass in Islamic finance to further expand its global reach.

Audio – Etihad CEO James Hogan on “marriage”

March 26, 2007

hogan.jpgEtihad CEO James Hogan describes the ebb and flow of his relationship with Airbus and EADS