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* A total of 52 percent of the US$9 billion in overseas remittances last year was invested in real estate, the National Financial Supervisory Committee said.

* Vietnam-Russia oil and gas venture Vietsovpetro said it produced 6.4 million tons, or nearly 129,000 barrels per day, of crude oil last year, 1.4 percent above its annual target.

* Partly-private Vietcombank said Mizuho Corporate Bank owns 15 percent in it after a share sale last year, while the state, represented by the State Bank of Vietnam, has 77.11 percent. Other small foreign investors had a combined 3.1 percent of Vietcombank as of October 20, 2011, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Vietnam newspaper reported.

* Vietnam may export 6.5 million to 7 million tons of rice in 2012, the government said on its website, citing the Vietnam Food Association. The country may export 3 million to 3.5 million tons in the first six months of the year, according to the statement.

* Viettel, a telecommunications firm run by the military, reported that its revenue rose 28 percent last year from 2010 to VND117 trillion ($5.6 billion) and it had a gross profit of nearly $1 billion, according to Vietnam News.

* Vietnam extended the deadline to pay 2011 first half corporate income tax by three months for some labor-intensive, small and medium-sized enterprises, according to a statement posted on the government's website.

* Vinamilk, Vietnam's top dairy product maker, said its 2011 revenue jumped 37 percent from the previous year to more than $1 billion, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Vietnam newspaper reported.

* Honda Motor Co. plans to spend 60 billion yen ($779 million) over the next two business years to boost global motorbike production by 30 percent, the Nikkei newspaper reported, without saying where it got the information. The manufacturer aims to expand production in India, Vietnam and other Asian countries to raise global output to 20 million vehicles in the year ending March 2014, the report said.

* Stock market regulators said they had decided to halt SME Securities Co's operation for one month starting on January 7 due to its recent insolvency, Lao Dong newspaper reported.

* Vietnam may adjust the dong-dollar reference rate by as much as 6 percent in 2012, according to a report by the National Financial Supervisory Commission.

* State-owned Vietnam Rubber Group said it planted nearly 71,000 hectares of rubber last year, including nearly 42,000 hectares in Cambodia and 28,900 hectares in Laos, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.

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