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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Fire brigade's report on Attica fires to prosecutor
  • [02] Intralot reports lower H1 results
  • [03] Retail sales index down

  • [01] Fire brigade's report on Attica fires to prosecutor

    The fire brigade's report on the massive fires in east Attica earlier in August was sent to the public prosecutor investigating possible criminal liability for the fires on Monday. The report's findings indicate that at least one person is responsible for setting the fires, while it also refers to possible liability on the part of the officials responsible for protecting against fires.

    The public prosecutor will now pick up the investigation and take additional statements and new testimony in order to decide whether the fires were deliberate or the result of negligence.

    [02] Intralot reports lower H1 results

    Intralot Group on Monday reported lower six months results, with consolidated turnover totaling 488 million euros in the first half of the year, down from 547.5 million euros in 2008 whereas pre-tax, interest and amortisation earnings (EBITDA) fell to 91.1 million euros from 126.7 million euros over the same period, respectively.

    Pre-tax earnings were 74.6 million euros and after tax and minorities earnings totaled 42 million euros, down from 112.4 million and 60.3 million euros, in the corresponding period last year respectively.

    Parent turnover was 51.4 million euros and pre-tax, interest and amortization earnings (EBITDA) totaled 9.5 million euros in the first six months of 2009, while after tax profits were 10.6 million euros.

    Commenting on the results, Intralot's chief executive, Constantinos Antonopoulos, expressed his satisfaction with first half results and reiterated Intralot's intention to seek new opportunities abroad.

    [03] Retail sales index down

    Greece's retail sales turnover index dropped 13.4 pct in June, compared with the same month in 2008, the National Statistical Service said on Monday, while the retail sales volume index fell by 14.2 pct over the same period.

    The statistics agency, in a report, attributed the 13.4-pct decline in the retail sales turnover index to a 27-pct drop in fuel and lubricants sales, a 5.4-pct fall in foodstuffs sales and a 16.9-pct drop in other shop sales. Bookstore sales dropped 32.2 pct and furniture-electrical appliances fell 23.2 pct.

    The 14.2-pct fall in the retail sales volume index reflected a 12.6 pct in fuel and lubricants, a 9.4 pct in foodstuffs sales, a 34.2 pct drop in bookstores and a 24.2 pct in home equipment sales.

    The turnover index, including fuel and lubricants was up 1.8 pct in June, while the retail sales volume index including fuel and lubricants was up 2.0 pct.


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