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€1.50 THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2024 • ISSUE 245 WWW.BUSINESSTODAY.COM.MT HSBC Malta posts record €134m profit for 2023 St James Hospital Group partners with DIGIMED KURT SANSONE HSBC Malta posted record pre-tax prof- its of €133.9 million in 2023 with directors recommending one of the highest dividend pay-outs in 10 years. Shareholders will receive a final gross divi- dend of 9c per share, which brings the total dividend for 2023 to 15c per share, the bank announced on Wednesday. e dividend pay-out ratio is of 40% on re- ported profits. PAGE 5 STAR PERFORMER MSE FTSE 100 EUR EXCHANGE RATES Trading Date: 21 Feb 2024 Number of Trades: 68 Turnover: €762,068.89 MSE TRX Index: 8080.636 Change: +0.385% Name: 3.85% HLF UNSEC MT0001891200 - Currency € Last Traded: 21 Feb 2024 Price 96.000 Change +1.000 US Dollar 1.0522 British Pound: 0.86477 Japanese Yen: 144.59 Australian Dollar: 1.5451 Swiss Franc: 0.98700 7,613.67 78.12 7,613.39 / 7,312.00 Value Net variation High / Low +0.86% BUY YOUR FIRST HOME THROUGH US WE'LL GIVE YOU €15,000 worth of vouchers to spend on furnishings and purchase costs. PAGE 3 ALEXIEI DINGLI OPINION PAGE 12 Seasonally adjusted industrial turnover in Q4 2023 down by 0.1 per cent During the fourth quarter of 2023, seasonally adjusted industrial turnover decreased by 0.1 per cent over the previous quarter. The highest decrease was registered in the capital goods (10.4 per cent), followed by energy (1.0 per cent) and consumer goods (0.7 per cent). On the contrary, there was an increase of 2.6 per cent in the intermediate goods. Annual industrial turnover working-day adjusted variation PAUL COCKS SAINT James Hospital Group is partnering with Digimed, a new online digital platform which, for the first time ever, brings together healthcare pro- fessionals, patients and pharmacists in one ecosys- tem. Digimed acts as a tool that enables video, voice and text consultations, allowing doctors to seam- lessly interact remotely with their patients who also enjoy access to an elective health records system, making their medical information portable and dy- namically updatable. • Bank pays out one of the highest dividends in 10 years • Globally, HSBC reported a pretax profit of €28b Is ChatGPT Labour or Nationalist?

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