Aramco senior VP steps down

Updated 01 March 2015
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Aramco senior VP steps down

ALKHOBAR: Saudi Aramco's senior vice president for technical services Khalid Al-Buainain has left the company, industry sources said.
Ahmad Al-Sa'adi will take over Al-Buainain's role in the company as acting head for technical services until the end of August this year.
Al-Buainain took early retirement for personal reasons and his departure took effect on Sunday. He joined Aramco in 1980 and has held several senior positions.
A company spokesperson declined to comment.
In addition to his role as senior vice president for technical services, he was also chairman of PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Aramco and Japan's Sumitomo Chemical. PetroRabigh said in a statement on Wednesday it had appointed Abdulaziz Al-Judaimi as chaiman of the company following the resignation of Al-Buainain.


Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

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Cost of eating out in Saudi Arabia rises at fastest rate in five years

  • August data reveal sharp uptick in prices in hotel and restaurant sector
  • But price increases in other sectors slow leaving overall inflation rate flat

LONDON: The cost of eating out or enjoying a night’s stay at a hotel in Saudi Arabia increased at the fastest rate recorded in five years last month, according to government statistics.
August’s consumer price data show that restaurant and hotel inflation rose to a new high of 8.4 percent year-on-year in August from 7.6 percent year-on-year in July.
Slower price increases in other categories ensured the headline inflation rate for the Kingdom remained relatively flat, with inflation staying at 2.2 percent year-on-year in August, unchanged from the previous month.
Analysts forecast that the Kingdom’s inflation rate will likely pick up again towards the end of the year.
“We still expect it to rise a little over the rest of this year as underlying price pressures pick up,” said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, on Tuesday in a research note.
Inflation in Saudi Arabia peaked earlier this year at 3 percent following the introduction of the new value-added tax on certain goods and the government-imposed price hikes on the cost of energy at the start of 2018.
Consumer prices are expected to drop again in the new year as the impact of the VAT charge lessens, analysts predict.
“The upshot is that we expect that inflation will fall to around 1 percent year-on-year in January 2019,” said Tuvey in a note.
Food inflation - which represents 20 percent of the basket of goods and services used to calculate the growth rates in consumer prices - edged downwards in August to 6.6 percent year-on-year compared to 6.7 percent in July. 

The cost of food had jumped in July, with vegetables in particular becoming more expensive with inflation hitting 8.1 percent year-on-year compared to a decline of 0.8 percent year-on-year recorded in June.