Retrenchments continued to rise, with about 5,500 workers laid off during the quarter, up from 4,710 in the first quarter and 3,250 a year ago.
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Over the past year, the investment firm said it's taken a more defensive approach, increasing its allocation to bonds and cash at the expense of some equity exposure.
No one was injured in the fire, which was extinguished by the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) with one water jet.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has "strongly advised" Singaporeans travelling to Bangladesh to take necessary precautions in light of the recent terrorist attack in Dhaka where 20 hostages were killed.
Earnings contributions from insurance subsidiary Great Eastern fell 66 per cent to S$78 million, compared to S$230 million a year ago.
The profit increase was mainly due to a 13.9 per cent rise in non-interest income, driven by higher net trading income on improved performance from trading activities.