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Athens News Agency: News in English, 01-03-26

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  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [02] New Airport-Inauguration
  • [03] Weather Forecast-Tuesday
  • [04] ASE-close

  • [01] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    26/03/2001 19:14:04

    Tuesday's buying rates

    U.S. dollar 378.316

    German mark 172.829

    French franc 051.531

    Pound sterling 542.483

    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 45.280

    Swedish kroner 36.991

    Finnish mark 056.852

    Spanish peseta 002.032

    Portuguese escudo 001.686

    Japanese yen (100) 307.065

    Swiss franc 220.521

    Norwegian kroner 41.819

    Cyprus pound 584.376

    Canadian dollar 242.268

    Australian dollar 187.009

    [02] New Airport-Inauguration

    26/03/2001 19:08:52

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Tuesday is to inaugurate the Eleftherios Venizelos international airport, a newly built facility to serve Athens

    The ceremony, scheduled for 11 am, will be attended by President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and other dignitaries.

    Landings at the airport will begin at 3 pm on Wednesday with all operations due to be transferred gradually to Eleftherios Venizelos by about 6 am on Thursday.

    Until then, the new airport and the existing Hellenikon facility will operate simultaneously for several hours.

    [03] Weather Forecast-Tuesday

    26/03/2001 17:46:02

    Hot, humid weather with scattered cloud is forecast throughout the country on Tuesday, turning to rain in the northern Ionian, Epirus and western mainland Greece. Winds south-southwesterly, strong, turning gale force at sea. In the north, temperatures will range from 10C to 24C; in the west from 12C to 26C; and in the rest of the country from 14C to 29C. Scattered cloud in Athens, with temperatures between 14C and 27C. Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 12C to 23C.

    [04] ASE-close

    26/03/2001 16:08:37

    Demand for blue chip stocks, following Friday's pattern, led Greek equity prices higher on the Athens Stock Exchange on Monday, although the pace of advance was slower compared with other European markets'.

    Traders said sentiment was cautious and that buyers were mainly domestic institutional investors, seeking shares in the telecommunications sector (Panafon, Cosmote), encouraged by a sharp rebound of the sector in European bourse.

    The general index ended 1.14 percent higher at 3,082.64 points, near its day's highs of 3,088.93 points.

    Turnover was a low 151.38 million euros, or 51.58 billion drachmas, of which 25.6 million euros accounted for pre-agreed block trades.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks ended 1.35 percent higher at 1,775.40 points, while the FTSE/ASE 40 index rose 0.22 percent up to 371.17 points.

    The parallel market index for smaller capitalisation stocks ended at 332.68 points, up 0.08 percent.

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