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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] 13th Athens Fashion Week opens at Technopolis
  • [02] Retail trade volume slumps
  • [03] Road accidents down in Jan.
  • [04] ASE opening: Decline
  • [05] 'Heracles to Alexander the Great' 

  • [01] 13th Athens Fashion Week opens at Technopolis

    Attracting thousands of visitors, the international press and celebrities, Athens Fashion Week has earned its place in the world of couture as Greek and international designers unite for this extravaganza at the Technopolis in Athens.

    The 13th Athens Fashion Week presenting the 2011/2012 Fall-Winter collections is running through Sunday at the City of Athens' Technopolis events complex.

    The event showcases renowned Greek fashion designers and newcomers, giving them the opportunity to establish their own identity and make their mark in the international fashion scene.

    Throughout the week, fashion shows will be staged by designers.

    The Fashion Week kicked off on Wednesday with a fashion show featuring creations by Greek designer Dimitris Dassios.

    Caption: A model presents a creation by Greek designer Dimitris Dassios during the Athens Fashion Week show in Athens on Wednesday. (ANA-MPA/S. Pantzartzi)

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    [02] Retail trade volume slumps

    (ANA-MPA)-Greece's retail trade volume index, excluding automotive fuel, slumped a further 16 percent in January against the corresponding month in 2010, according to figures released on Thursday by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

    The Turnover Index in Retail Trade, excluding automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 13.3% in January 2011 compared with January 2010. The Volume Index in Retail Trade, excluding automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 14.8% in January 2011 compared with January 2010.(ANA-MPA)

    According to provisional results, the turnover index in retail trade at current prices, excluding automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 13.3% in January 2011 compared with January 2010. The Index in January 2010 recorded an increase of 5.3% compared with January 2009.(ANA-MPA)

    The turnover index in retail trade, including automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 10.5% in January 2011 compared with January 2010. The Index in January 2010 recorded an increase of 8.3% compared with January 2009.(ANA-MPA)

    The volume of retail trade (i.e. turnover in retail trade at constant prices), excluding automotive fuel, decreased by 14.8% in January 2011, compared with January 2010. The Index in January 2010 recorded an increase of 5.5% compared with January 2009.(ANA-MPA)

    The retail trade volume index, including automotive fuel, decreased by 16.0% in January 2011 compared with January 2010. The Index in January 2010 recorded an increase of 6.0% compared with January 2009.(ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Road accidents down in Jan.

    Road accidents recorded a substantial drop of 11.2 percent in January against the corresponding month in 2010, according to figures released on Thursday by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

    More specifically, a total of 966 road accidents resulting in injury or death were recorded throughout Greece in January, marking an 11.2 percent decline over January 2010.

    According to the statistics released, the road accident related deaths dropped a substantial 17.3 percent, totalling 67, but a 3.6 percent increase in serious injuries (114) and a 15.3 percent decline in lighter injuries (1,102).

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    [04] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.33 percent, standing at 1,553.43 points at 12:15 pm, and turnover at 23.362 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Insurance, up 1.54 percent; and Technology, up 0.77 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Travel & Recreation, down 1.52 percent; and Construction, down 1.44 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.29 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.86 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.18 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 44 were up, 48 were down, and 27 were unchanged.

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    [05] 'Heracles to Alexander the Great'

    A major exhibition titled "Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital o Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy" opens next week at Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

    This major exhibition will showcase the treasures of Aegae, the royal capital of the kingdom of Macedon.

    More than 500 extraordinary new discoveries from the royal tombs of Aegae will go on display for the very first time at the Ashmolean. These magnificent objects trace the rise of power of the governing Temenids, descendants of Heracles and the ruling dynasty of Alexander the Great, and focus on the roles of the kings and queens, and their immediate court, according to the museum.

    Aegae was unknown before its discovery at the modern village of Vergina, in northern Greece, 30 years ago. Since then, excavations have revealed a startling wealth of objects, from intricately crafted gold jewellery to glass perfume bottles and clay busts. This exhibition will feature the reconstruction of four burial tombs, displaying the recent finds of gold and silver treasure for the first time anywhere in the world, the Ashmolean added.

    The main goal of the exhibition is to promote the evolution of the Macedonian kingdom and the era of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great is believed to be a descendant of the mythical hero, Hercules. The exhibition is co-organized with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the IZ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

    The exhibition opens on April 7, and will run through August 29.

    (Photo by ANA-MPA/STR)

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