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France heads back into recession

Paris (AFP) — France is headed back into recession for the second time in three years, its central bank warned Wednesday in a setback for the recovery prospects of the stricken eurozone. In a downbeat survey of the outlook for Europe’s second biggest economy, the Bank of France predicted a 0.1 percent contraction in gross …

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Foreign currency reserves fall by $1.1 billion

By Asmaa Nabil Last July, foreign currency reserves declined by $1.1 billion, reaching $14.44 billion compared to $15.5 billion at the end of June. The Central Bank of Egypt (CBE) attributed the decline to Egypt’s obligation to repay bonds it held, in addition to the repaying of a credit portion to Paris Club countries. This …

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Delegation from the Ministry of Industry to visit Libya next month

Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, said that he will visit Libya in the first half of September as a part of a delegation that will include a number of Egyptian factory and business owners, representatives of the ministry, and other interested ministries. The delegation will look into the needs of the Libyan …

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MM Group: Range Rover Evoque will occupy a large share of SUV market

Sami Farid, Marketing Manager of the MM Group for Industry and International Trade, an official Land Lover vendor, said that 52 Range Rover Evoque models have been sold since the end of last year and that the vehicle’s popularity has been growing in the domestic market since its launch. Farid added that 52 may seem …

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FJP: PM should implement Sinai development plan

By Moustafa Salah The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) has called on Prime Minister Hesham Qandil to begin implementing the plan to develop the Sinai before the end of the year. The party emphasised the need to develop the Sinai in the wake of the latest terrorist attack on soldiers guarding the border with Israel. …

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Delta Communication acquires CompuMe

Delta Communications and Trade (DCT) has taken 100 percent of shares in CompuMe, an electronics retail company. Amr Sheira, Deputy Manager of CompuMe, said that all the company’s shares and trademarks CompuMe were sold to DCT in the biggest acquisition agreement in communications sector since January. He refused to disclose the value of the agreement …

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Standard Chartered hid huge Iran trade: NY

New York (AFP) — New York regulators accused Standard Chartered Bank of hiding $250 billion in transactions with Iranian banks for almost a decade in violation of US sanctions. Branding the London-based global financial giant a “rogue bank,” state regulators said Standard Chartered systematically disguised foreign exchange deals with Iran in a breach of controls …

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Clinton urges South Africa to take leading role

Pretoria , South Africa  (AFP) — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on South Africa, the continent’s leading democracy, to play a more influential role in African and global issues. “We are looking for ways to enhance and deepen our partnership. South Africa has so much to offer to the rest of …

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Sinai event impedes tourism revival efforts

By Abdel Razaq El-Sheweikhy Tourism investors expressed fear that the terrorist attack in the Sinai will negatively impact tourism in Egypt, particularly in southern Sinai. They predicted that hotel reservations would decline in that area the coming week by 40 percent. Samy Soliman, head of the Taba and Nuweiba Investors Association, said that the effects …

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Minister of Industry: The economy is capable of overcoming the current stage

By Salah El-Monoufy Hatem Saleh, Minister of Industry and Foreign Trade, confirmed that the Egyptian economy is capable of overcoming the current stage, particularly because Egypt has a strong infrastructure, which makes high growth rates possible within the coming period. In a statement, the minister said that during the coming period the ministry will focus …

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The Arab African Bank launches e-business

By Islam Serour Capitalising on the internet boom in Egypt, the African Arab Bank (AAIB), in co-operation with Amadeus and Cloud Lock International, has announced the launching of a more secured online payment gateway through its Click2Shop service. “The new product provided by the AAIB and supported by Wallety security system will diminish the risks …

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Transportation authorities meet new Minister to discuss solutions for sector’s ills

The Minister of Transportation, Dr Mohamed Rashad, held a meeting with directors and officials of transportation authorities, companies and the ministry, to study plans for the coming period. The directors shared their vision for the future, stressing the necessity of providing and developing infrastructure. They also discussed the importance of reshaping transportation so that it …

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Vodafone Egypt nets EGP 2.9b during Q2

Vodafone Egypt’s revenues amounted to EGP 2.9 billion by the end of the second quarter, compared to EGP 2.8 billion in the first quarter, with a growth rate of 2.5 percent. The domestic company acquired 2.7 percent of Global Vodafone’s revenues with a value of £10.7 billion. Vodafone Egypt’s Internet subscribers reached 5 million users …

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EU funds city sanitation and beautification project

By Mohamed El-Atroush The Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FECC), Ahmed El-Wakeel, revealed that the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce obtained financing for the first stage of a project to remove trash and to beautify the city. The European Union (EU) is providing the financing for the project, which will cost EGP 40 …

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Experts advocate real estate companies to partner up

By Ahmed Samir Political disturbances in Egypt affected investment in a number of sectors, particularly the real estate sector, which has suffered from a lack of liquidity and capital flow. Developers have begun to search for greater liquidity, either through joint ventures and partnerships or merging with other companies in order to increase companies’ capital. …

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Egypt among the group of most optimistic countries about their future Global Consumer Confidence declines three points to 91 in Q2 2012

Consumer Confidence among Egyptians reached 103 points in Q2 2012, up 6 points from last quarter, which is the highest increase in MENAP.  Consumer Confidence is the highest since the survey was established in 2005 – placing Egypt among the group of countries most optimistic about their future. Global consumer confidence declined three index points …

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Employees at Ministry of State for Administrative Development protest their marginalisation in the new cabinet

By Mohamed Fawzy Employees in the Ministry of State for Administrative Development (MSAD) organised a demonstration at the Ministry’s headquarters the day before yesterday to protest against their Ministry being overlooked in the new cabinet. Officials within the MSAD indicated that a meeting had been set between Dr Ashraf Abdel Wahab, the acting head of …

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Sales in automobile spare parts market take a dip

By Inaam El-Adawi Dealers in spare automobile parts have been assured that that their trade will not diminish as car companies launch their 2013 models, even if the market is stagnating. Desouky Sayed Desouky, Spare Parts Division Director at Cairo Chamber of Commerce (CCC), said that new parts will only begin to impact the market …

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Education financing solutions surface as academic year approaches

By WaleedAbd El-Azeem This year Ramadan coincided with academic preparations for the new semester, as students apply for private universities and schools. Banks are trying to seize the opportunity by offering financing solutions for tuition. The United Bank is at the top if the list of banks offering education loans, with an upper limit of …

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Housing and Development Bank to invest EGP $900m in Helwan project

By Nasser Youssef The Housing and Development Bank (HDB) plans on building  a moderately-priced, middle-class housing project in Helwan over 27 acres recently acquired from the government. An official at the bank stated that the project comprises of 2000 residential units to be completed within the coming two to three years. The estimated cost of …

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Government attracts funding originally allocated for SMEs

By Nasser Youssef The government’s expansion of high interest bonds and treasury bills led to a decrease in financing for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), the support of which the state claimed to be the primary goal of the post revolution government. The state resorted to the banking system in order to close the …

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Geithner visit to Germany sparks euro hopes

Brelin (AFP) — The top US finance official began meetings with his German counterpart and the head of the European Central Bank Monday, fuelling hopes Europe is readying decisive action to save the crisis-wracked eurozone. US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met Wolfgang Schaeuble on a holiday island off the north German coast amid pressure on …

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