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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-30

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  • [01] Greek stocks jump 3.21% on Tues.
  • [02] Commemorative 2-euro coin
  • [03] Greek exports up 2.2% in Jan-Sep

  • [01] Greek stocks jump 3.21% on Tues.

    Greek stocks surged 3.21 pct at the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday, pushing the composite index of the market above the 1,800 level. The index ended at 1,807.85 points, with turnover an improved 120.6 million euros, of which 2.4 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved higher, with the Commerce (8.63 pct), Banks (8.08 pct) and Media (7.52 pct) scoring the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Healthcare (13.77 pct), Insurance (13.63 pct) and Utilities (1.75 pct) suffered losses.

    The FTSE 20 index jumped 4.52 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.12 pct up and the FTSE 80 index rose 2.91 pct. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 152 to 61 with another 43 issues unchanged.

    [02] Commemorative 2-euro coin

    A new commemorative 2-euro coin, minted on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Economic Monetary Union (EMU) agreement, will be available as of Jan. 2, 2009, the Greek finance ministry announced on Tuesday. A primitive human form and the euro symbol will be depicted on the country-specific national side of the coin, with a design reminiscent of ancient coinage. The common reverse side for all Euro-zone countries will be the same as the current Greek 2-euro coins in circulation.

    [03] Greek exports up 2.2% in Jan-Sep

    Greek exports grew by 2.2 percent in the January-September period compared with the corresponding period last year, totaling 12.974 billion euros, the National Statistics Service announced on Tuesday.

    The statistical service, in a report, said provisional figures showed that the value of exports grew by 15.6 pct if measured in US dollars over the same period, reflecting a 6.7-pct increase of exports to the 10 new EU members and an 8.3-pct rise of exports to neighbouring Balkan states.

    Greek exports to the EU-15 fell slightly, although exports to the EU-25 grew by 1.3 pct in the nine-month period. Exports to North America jumped 8.8 pct, reflecting a 12.7-pct rise of exports to the United States, while exports to Russia jumped a spectacular 31 pct.

    On the other hand, however, exports to the Middle East and North Africa fell by 6.5 pct, while exports remained stable to Southeast Asia and fell vis-à-vis Latin America.

    Imports fell by 2.9 pct in the January-September period, but rose by 7.5 pct to the EU-27.

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