Only Slightly Up 2%, Profit Sampoerna Rp 5 trillion

PT HM Sampoerna Tbk (HMSP) reported a net profit of Rp 5.01 trillion in the semester 1-2013, higher than the Rp 4.88 trillion in the first half of 2012. Profits rose thanks to the company’s turnover also grew.

Revenues or net sales reached Rp 36.2 trillion in the first half of 2013, up from Rp 31.89 trillion in the same period in 2012.

“Sampoerna show high sales volume growth, driven by the performance of the segment of low-tar low-nicotine. SKT segment is still performing well as evidenced by our investment in the new plant in Jember, “said President Director of Sampoerna Paul Janelle in a press release on Thursday (01/08/2013).

Sampoerna record market share of 36.1% in the second quarter of 2013, up 0.9 points from the same period in 2012.

In the first half of this year, Sampoerna has donated taxes (including excise tobacco products) amounted to Rp 20.9 trillion, up 14.9%, from Rp 18.2 trillion in the same period in 2012.

Bicycle merchant turnover increased

Coming to commemorate the anniversary of independence of the Republic of Indonesia (Independence Day), turnover bike trader in the Market Development Pangkalpinang increased 30 percent, due to increased demand for bicycles.

It is the custom every year to commemorate the anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia held a parade cycling ornamental, “said A Kim, traders in the Market Development Pangkalpinang bike on Sunday.

He explained that the demand for bicycles of various sizes up to 5 to 8 units a day, when compared to previously only 2 to 3 units a day, even during the day there is nothing to sell at all.

“Currently bike trader turnover reached Rp1 million to R1, 5 million per day, compared to 300 thousand previously only Rp500 thousand per day,” he said.

He said the current demand is dominated by bikes bikes for children and young women, while for men a little less, “he said.

Meanwhile, the price varies depending on the size of the bike and the brand price offered is around Rp500 thousand per unit up to Rp1 million per unit.

According to him, the increasing demand for bicycles is only temporary because after Independence Day typically requests again deserted.

“People prefer to use motorcycles instead of using a bicycle dikayuh, with cycling when our bodies to be healthy and free of pollution,” he said.

Hardi, other bicycle traders said, ahead of the Independence Day bike trader harvest due to increased sales of bicycles so that merchant turnover increased.

“Sales of bicycles on Independence Day is almost every year there is an increase, but after that, sales declined again, because there is still low awareness for cycling,” he said.

“I just hope the bike demands a typical day could continue to rise, so the bike stable income traders,” he hoped.

Industry: Ginger drink that makes Fit!

More nutritious drinks attractive and wanted by the community. Because many people who care about healthy living. One of the much-loved beverage that is made ​​from natural ingredients such as turmeric. Seger felt fit to arouse.

Traditional herbs though occasionally underestimated proved to have tremendous benefits, especially for the body. One is ginger that in today’s modern society is rather difficult to find. Moreover, to process them into something delicious to eat is not something easy.

But now it seems we’ve been spoiled with the development of technology. Some of the cottage industry and the process has been a lot of ginger into the drink ‘decent’ consumption. In the sense of not only the packaging is attractive but it is also more delicious and fresh to be consumed daily.

The one that produces the drink ginger is Eve Inti Indonesia (Hawaii), located in Banyuwangi – Bali. Where the production of ginger drinks packaged in glass bottles in Sari Rasa Temulawak label. Besides this drink was commonly found in the form of an instant.

This drink is made from extracts of ginger, sugar, and other spices. Moreover, this ginger drink now can be enjoyed like other bottled beverages which in cold conditions. There are so many benefits that can be enjoyed after consumed as increase appetite, prevent colds and so forth.

Now Is The Time To Invest In The Brazilian Real Estate Market

Brazil property prices currently present an attractive investment opportunity for foreign investors due to a number of factors. With Brazils currency currently standing very weak against the British pound and the US dollar, investors are enjoying house price bargains that are very rarely seen in Brazil.

According to a number of currency experts the Brazil Real has weakened against the British pound and the US dollar by approximately 28% over the last 12 months (June 2011 June 2012). For instance, during the summer of 2011 foreign investors could get 1.56 Reals for each US dollar, however, in todays market, investors can expect to get two Reals per dollar.

Waseem Saddique comments: What this means in terms of house prices in Brazil is that a house that cost approximately 200,000 Reals back in 2011 would have cost $128,205 in US Dollars. In todays market the value would be around $100,000.

Based on these figures alone, the strength of the British pound compared to the Brazilian Real, means that for British investors looking to invest in Brazil property it is in fact even more affordable and therefore, a much more attractive proposition.

Although many would perceive a weakening currency to be a negative issue, from a positive perspective the declining value of the Brazilian Real means that Brazilian products are much better value for money, which has encouraged phenomenal growth across the Brazilian industry sector.

In turn, the growth of Brazilian industry increases the level of Tourism to Brazil, with tourists attracted to Brazil to buy up cheap products. What this means for the Brazilian Real Estate Market is that commercial property becomes attractive to investors.

With tourism comes the need for hotels and holiday homes and foreign investors are willing to snap up bargains on private and commercial properties and land plots in a bid to take advantage of Brazils lucrative real estate market.

In 2011 alone, Brazils Ministry of Tourism reported 5.4 million visitors to the country which is an increase of 5.3% from figures produced in 2010. On the back of this growth, a number of massive hotel chains have bought land and property across Brazil in order to cash in.

This level of investment has meant that Brazils construction industry and Housetech Development companies have also seen growth in the levels of work available to them.

Estate Planning Tips

An estate plan is something that nobody gets excited about doing and they are a lot of work and stress. The stress of knowing what to do to make the process go smoothly is enough to scare people; however, with a good attorney, estate planning is not something you need to fear and worry about anymore. In the mean time, there are some tips you can do to help minimize the stress.

1.The first thing you can do is determine what each person gets from the estate. When preparing your will, specifically mention who gets what and do not leave things generic or up to chance; when you leave things up to chance in estate planning , that is when you get fights over things. Make everything as specific as you can. If you forget to prepare a will, then the state will do that for you and then that can be a real problem. 2.List a guardian for children under 18 and pets. Consider someone you trust to take care of the child or pet and has the means to do so. If you know their parenting style, even better. 3.Arrange the finances for your child after your passing. Arranging for the finances for your child will alleviate the pressure of deciding how the child will be financially secure after you pass. By stating what your child gets, you prevent the child’s inheritance from being locked by the state and untouchable. 4.Specifically state how things should be spent. If you want certain amounts of money to be given to someone for a specific reason, then say that in your will. Again, leaving things up to chance leaves room for disagreement. For example, if you want to leave X amount of dollars to someone to be spent on college, then say that so the recipient cannot spend the money on something else. 5.Keep a current list of your assets and documents. Keep list of everything you owe, everything you own, including digital files products. This will be a pain to do but it will make a huge improvement in the process when your estate is being distributed to the recipients. 6.Review and revise your will. Just because you make a will once does not mean you are done. As time goes on, take a look back to your estate plan and determine whether or not everything is still good to go and if anything needs to be revised.