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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-08-09

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  • [01] Exchange Rates: Friday
  • [02] Hyatt Regency shows H1 profit rise
  • [03] Weather Forecast: Hot and sunny on Friday
  • [04] Sports roundup - Rehagel
  • [05] Weak banks push Greek stocks lower

  • [01] Exchange Rates: Friday

    09/08/2001 18:34:40

    Indicative buying rates

    U.S. dollar 381.835

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 542.224

    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 45.420

    Swedish kroner 36.848

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 309.660

    Swiss franc 224.502

    Norwegian kroner 042.332

    Cyprus pound 589.278

    Canadian dollar 248.831

    Australian dollar 197.273

    [02] Hyatt Regency shows H1 profit rise

    09/08/2001 18:30:22

    Hyatt Regency Hotels and Tourism SA on Thursday reported net earnings before tax of 7.07 billion drachmas in the first half, up from 5.9 billion drachmas on the same period of 2000.

    Earnings accrued entirely from net operational profits, the company said in a statement.

    Also in the first half of 2001, Hyatt's turnover totalled 25.2 billion drachmas, up 5.9 percent from the same period of last year, the statement said.

    Turnover at Hyatt's casino rose by 5.0 percent to 23.4 billion drachmas in the first half of 2001. Occupancy at the hotel was more than 75 percent with turnover at 1.8 billion drachmas, up more than 18 percent.

    Revenue from gambling machines rose by 9.8 percent to 10.1 billion drachmas from 9.2 billion drachmas in the first half of 2000, Hyatt said.

    Management expects pre-tax profits of more than 14 billion drachmas in 2001 on turnover of 50.2 billion drachmas, the statement added.

    [03] Weather Forecast: Hot and sunny on Friday

    09/08/2001 18:12:36

    Sunshine and high temperatures are forecast throughout the country on Friday, with cloud forming from evening in the northern Ionian, Epirus and western Macedonia. Winds northerly, light to moderate, intermittently turning strong in parts of the Aegean. On the mainland and in the Ionian, temperatures will range from 21C to 38C; and in the Aegean islands from 25C to 35C. Sunny in Athens with temperatures between 24C and 39C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 22C to 37C.

    [04] Sports roundup - Rehagel

    09/08/2001 18:00:55


    Veteran Bundesliga coach Otto Rehagel has been picked by Greeces football federation (EPO) as the new skipper for the underachieving Greek national squad.

    The Greek national mens team failed to qualify for next years World Cup in Japan/S. Korea, a development that led to the resignation of coach Vassilis Daniil. EPOs board voted unanimously in favour of Rehagels hiring.

    Panathinaikos Athens 2-1 victory over Slavia Prague on Wednesday evening -- in the first leg of a Champions League third qualifying round match -- has practically ensured the popular Athens clubs participation in the continents top football tournament.

    Panathinaikos scored with Nikos Lymberopoulos in the 25th minute and Georgios Karagounis in the 56th, while Pavel Kuka scored for Slavia in the 68th. The second leg match will be played in Athens on Aug. 22

    Meanwhile, in a friendly played in Athens hours earlier, Olympiakos Piraeus edged visiting Celta Vigo 4-3 in a crowd-pleasing match at the Olympic Stadium.


    The Greek national mens team downed the Israeli national squad 94-82 on Wednesday night, going undefeated and winning a tournament in Thessaloniki held just days before the upcoming ?Eurobasket? championship in neighbouring Turkey. Olympiakos forward Dimitris Papanikolaou led all scorers with 25 points.


    Sydney gold-medallist Costas Kenderis posted the best performance of 2001 in the 200-metre sprint on Wednesday during the second qualifying round at the World Track and Field Championship in Edmonton, Canada.

    The Greek sprinters 20.03-second time also broke his personal best (20.09 at the Sydney Games), and established, of course, a new Greek national record in the process.

    [05] Weak banks push Greek stocks lower

    09/08/2001 16:09:40

    Banks shares remained under pressure for one more session on the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday pushing the general index slight lower despite gains in smaller and medium capitalisation stocks.

    Alpha Bank (-1.26%), EFG Eurobank (-1.10%), ETEBAbank (-2.32%) and Commercial Bank (-0.22%) led the sector's decline reflecting market disappointment over the sector's profitability.

    The general index ended 0.04 percent lower at 2,634.89 points, off the day's lows of 2,614.17 points and the day's highs of 2,657.94 points.

    Turnover was a low 98.68 million euros, or 33.63 billion drachmas.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended at 1,476.40 points, off 0.13 percent, the FTSE/ASE 40 index rose 0.27 percent to end at 301.39 and the FTSE/ASE SMALLCAP 80 index ended at 875.03 points, up 0.42 percent.

    The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 258.12 points, up 0.35 percent.

    Broadly, advancers led decliners by 182 to 117 with another 53 issues unchanged.

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