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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-01-28

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

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  • [01] Athens Airport 2009 results
  • [02] Stocks end moderately higher

  • [01] Athens Airport 2009 results

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Eleftherios Venizelis International Airport of Athens on Thursday announced that it managed to exit the international economic crisis unscathed, reporting only a slight decline in passenger traffic last year.

    Official figures showed that passenger traffic fell 1.5 pct in 2009 to 16.2 million passengers, the second smallest percentage decline in Europe, where passenger traffic fell by 5.9 pct -- on average -- last year. However, the Athens Airport is the only European airport to report a 5.4-pct rise in the number of flights, to more than 210,000, when the European average records a -7.3 pct for the year.

    The airport added nine new destinations last year and 13 new airline customers.

    The domestic market recorded an historic record with 6.1 million passengers, up 5.2 pct from 2008, while international market fell 5.1 pct to 10.1 million passengers.

    Passenger traffic showed concrete signs of recovery in the second half of the year, a trend continuing in the early weeks of 2010.

    Yiannis Parashis, the airport‚s general manager, expressed his satisfaction over the 2009 figures and said he was optimistic over this year‚s outlook.

    [02] Stocks end moderately higher

    Stocks ended moderately higher at the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday, recovering slightly after Wednesday‚s sharp losses. The composite index rose 0.66 pct to end at 1,985.86 points, with turnover rising to 292.436 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index rose 0.71 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.06 pct up and the FTSE 80 index fell 0.15 pct. The Financial Services (2.75 pct) and Oil (2.18 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Raw Materials (2.15 pct) and Industrial Products (1.60 pct) suffered losses.

    Klonatex (14.29 pct), Compucon (11.11 pct), Vovos (10.93 pct), Shelman (10.0 pct) and Texapret (9.09 pct) were top gainers, while United Textiles (14.29 pct), Kekrops (9.79 pct), VIS (9.63 pct) and Nutriart (9.52 pct) were top losers.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 101 to 70 with another 57 issues unchanged.


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