Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rate falls to 15.7 percent in November

In October, the inflation was at 17.7 percent. (File/AFP)
Updated 10 December 2018
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Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rate falls to 15.7 percent in November

  • Egypt raised fuel, electricity and transportation prices earlier this year to help meet the terms of a $12 billion IMF loan program it signed in late 2016

CAIRO: Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation rate decreased to 15.7 percent in November from 17.7 percent in October, the official statistics agency CAPMAS said on Monday.
Egypt raised fuel, electricity and transportation prices earlier this year to help meet the terms of a $12 billion IMF loan program it signed in late 2016, pushing inflation up steadily on the back of rising food prices.


Hyundai invests $300 million to help India’s Ola battle Uber

Ola was launched in 2011 and is engaged in an aggressive battle with Uber in India’s ride-hailing market. (Reuters)
Updated 19 March 2019
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Hyundai invests $300 million to help India’s Ola battle Uber

  • Ola was launched in 2011 and is engaged in an aggressive battle with Uber in India’s ride-hailing market
  • Ola says it handles around a billion rides a year across India’s major centers

MUMBAI: Indian taxi-hailing company Ola has secured a $300-million investment from South Korean car giant Hyundai, the firms said Tuesday, providing a major boost in its fight against US giant Uber.
Ola was launched in 2011 and is engaged in an aggressive battle with Uber in India’s ride-hailing market, which is estimated to be worth around $10 billion and growing fast.
The new money, from Hyundai’s subsidiary Kia Motors, will largely be used to help Ola increase its electric vehicle fleet, the companies said in a joint statement.
“Our partnership with Ola will certainly accelerate our efforts to transform into a smart mobility solutions provider,” Hyundai executive vice chairman Chung Eui-sun said in the statement.
Bangalore-based Ola announced last year that it planned to put a million electric vehicles on India roads by 2021.
Ride-hailing apps are booming in the country despite stiff opposition from traditional taxi firms and some initial concerns about passenger safety.
Ola says it handles around a billion rides a year across India’s major centers, as well as seven cities in Australia.
In 2018, Ola also announced operations in Britain as part of a drive into other markets as competition with Uber intensifies on home turf.