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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-08-31

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Winners named in tender for Athens Olympics merchandise
  • [02] Alpha Bank issues euro cheque books
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday
  • [04] Weather Forecast: Sunny on Saturday
  • [05] Greek stocks end off lows helped by blue chip buying

  • [01] Winners named in tender for Athens Olympics merchandise

    31/08/2001 20:48:37

    Organisers of the Athens 2004 Olympics on Friday announced the outcome of a tender to award companies the right to sell licensed merchandise carrying the Games' logo.

    Licences for 16 out of a scheduled 35 categories of products were awarded to domestic companies or consortiums, with the organising committee expecting 10.3 billion drachmas in revenue, 92 percent more than previously estimated.

    Turnover from licensed merchandise is expected to total more than 50 billion drachmas wholesale.

    The committee has received at least 75 percent of revenue in the form of bank letters of guarantee.

    The companies awarded rights were as follows:

  • JEWELLERY: Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos - Byzantine Art, Evsimon

  • PERFUME: Sarantis

  • KEY HOLDERS & FANCY GOODS WITH MAGNETS: Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos, Evsimon

  • SPORTING GOODS (sea): S.N. Argyros

  • UMBRELLAS: Hanos

  • SUNGLASSES: Katsioras Polymeros

  • PORCELAIN, CERAMICS: Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos - Byzantine Art, Evsimon

  • HOUSEHOLD GOODS (glass): Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos - Byzantine Art, Evsimon

  • TRAVEL GOODS: Morris Gatenio

  • FRAMES & PHOTOGRAPH ALBUMS: Giovas Meletopoulos

  • LEATHER GOODS: Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos - Byzantine Art, Evsimon

  • OUTDOOR GAMES: Papadopoulos & Associates

  • POSTERS AND CARDS: Toumbis, Techni

  • PYJAMAS & UNDERWEAR: Papakonstandinou Ready to Wear

  • PINS: Duty Free Stores, Nikos Konstandopoulos - Byzantine Art, Evsimon

  • TOYS & GAMES: Jumbo

    [02] Alpha Bank issues euro cheque books

    31/08/2001 18:49:06

    Alpha Bank, the country's largest private commercial banking group, on Friday began issuing euro-denominated cheque books at no extra cost to its customers.

    The cheques for encashment at branches of Alpha, a blue chip on the Athens bourse, may also be linked to drachma-denominated bank accounts, the bank said in a statement.

    From January 1, 2002, when the euro is introduced in physical form, all cheques will be denominated in the euro zone's single currency, it added.

    The drachma will circulate parallel with the euro in cash form until February 28, 2002.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates - Monday

    31/08/2001 18:37:20

    Indicative tourist buying rates until Monday

    U.S. dollar 369.096

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 537.825

    Irish punt 429.202

    Belgian franc 008.379

    Luxembourg franc 008.379

    Dutch guilder 153.389

    Italian lira (100) 017.457

    Austrian schilling 024.565

    Danish kroner 45.393

    Swedish kroner 35.452

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 311.102

    Swiss franc 222.901

    Norwegian kroner 041.899

    Cyprus pound 590.022

    Canadian dollar 239.005

    Australian dollar 195.328

    [04] Weather Forecast: Sunny on Saturday

    31/08/2001 17:29:27

    Sunny weather is forecast throughout the country on Saturday, with scattered cloud in the west and north. Early morning visibility will be limited in many areas. Winds westerly, light to moderate. In the west and north, temperatures will range from 18C to 32C; on the rest of the mainland from 19C to 35C; and in the Aegean islands from 23C to 33C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 23C and 35C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 21C to 31C.

    [05] Greek stocks end off lows helped by blue chip buying

    31/08/2001 16:10:46

    A wave of buying for blue chip stocks, like Alpha Bank and Hellenic Telecoms, in the last five minutes of trading helped Greek stocks end off their day's lows on the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday.

    The market was under strong pressure for most part of the session following sharp falls in international markets on Thursday.

    The banks and telecoms indices were the only to score gains, with Alpha Bank rising 2.46 percent in heavy turnover.

    The general index ended 0.25 percent lower at 2,762.12 points, off the day's lows of 2,722.70 points. Turnover was a 134.89 million euros, or 45.96 billion drachmas.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended at 1,551.31 points, up 0.24 percent, the FTSE/ASE 40 index fell 1.17 percent to 308.31 points, and the FTSE/ASE SMALLCAP 80 index ended at 911.87 points, down 1.68 percent.

    The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 272.35 points, off 1.15 percent.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 282 to 57 with another 21 issues unchanged.


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