HANOI Jan 4 These are some of the leading
stories in the official Vietnamese press on Friday. Reuters has
not verified these stories and does not vouch for their
-- VietinBank said it would offer a credit package
of 1 trillion dong ($48 million) for production and trading at
rates of 9-11 percent by April.
-- Red River Holding said it had bought an additional 29,000
shares of Vinh Hoan Corp, one of Vietnam's biggest
catfish exporters, raising its ownership in the firm to 15.54
-- Several banks have been offering rates at up to 11.5
percent for short-term dong deposits despite the central bank's
cap at 8 percent, bankers and clients said.
-- The real estate market's bad debt is estimated at 13.5
percent of the total lending to the sector, and nearly all
developers have difficulty repaying because of their unsold
inventory, said Construction Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.
ECONOMIC AND GENERAL NEWS:
VIETNAM NEWS (vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn)
-- The government has earmarked 379 billion dong ($18
million) for two programmes this year to improve environment
quality and the country's ability to cope with climate change.
QUAN DOI NHAN DAN
-- Purchasing power in domestic markets ahead of Tet, or the
Lunar New Year festival, is forecast to rise 5-10 percent from
the previous year, down from an average 20 percent growth in
earlier years, the trade ministry said.
-- Vietnam spent $4.47 billion to import mobile phones and
iPhones in 2012, an increase of 70 percent from the previous
year, the Ministry of Industry and Trade said.
THOI BAO KINH TE VIETNAM
-- The Vietnam National Coffee Corporation, or Vinacafe,
will operate as a wholly state-owned company for 2012-2015 while
it will have to divest from a number of firms, according to a
restructuring scheme approved by the government.
(Reporting by Hanoi Newsroom; Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)