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Firms dread new Covid wave


Looking at the first-half results published by listed companies last week, it is easy to understand why they are having nightmares about a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Erdogan spooks ATHEX; loss at 2.42%

Turnover on the Athens Stock Exchange may have risen Monday – to 41.8 million after the auctions – but only because investors gave sell orders, mainly on banks and other blue chips.


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Storm batters ferry market


The coronavirus storm has generated a wave of changes in the coastal shipping industry, with the halving of passenger traffic as well as the possible shift of share packages or the entry of new players into the market, according to XRTC Business Consultants, which has covered the sector’s companies for two decades.

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Increase in value of Greek exports in June

Greece’s exports recorded a rise of 2.05 billion euros or 6.5% in June compared to a year earlier, according to provisional data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) excluding fuel products. 

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Greek bond yields have reverted to below 1%


The return of the Greek benchmark 10-year bond yield to below 1 percentage point for the first time in six months, very close to the pre-pandemic all-time low, without doubt constitutes a vote of confidence in Greece from investors and a significant indication about the mid-term prospects of its economy.

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Tourism wants funding share


Despite talk of Greece’s overdependence on tourism, the sector will seek its share from the Next Generation EU recovery fund and the 32 billion euros Greece stands to receive in grants and loans.

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Salary workers to get a boost


The Greek economic recovery plan to be forwarded to the European Commission in October will attribute great significance to supporting workers through the reduction of taxes and social security contributions that have hampered the real economy and fed the illegal economy, sources from the prime minister’s office say.



At the headquarters of the anti-Covid task force


Kathimerini visited the new, state-of-the-art headquarters of the Civil Protection authority in the formerly abandoned Press Center of the 2004 Olympic Games on Kifissias Avenue in northern Athens. Here the coronavirus pandemic is monitored daily in great detail via a vast array of facilities including giant screens and an operations room by the intrepid members of the anti-Covid task force who process and evaluate all data, both domestic and international. The government’s plans to upgrade Civil Protection capabilities envisage the creation of 13 smaller operations centers, one in each administrative district. [Nikos Kokkalias]