Mixed response from retailers to state aid package

Broken shop windows remain a common sight across Athens as the Greek capital attempts to return to normal after riots which targeted retailers and banks this week. Measures announced by the conservative government to help store owners cover the costs of damage wreaked during the busiest month of the year met with a mixed response yesterday. The National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE) said the aid package will help cover the immediate needs of its members while adding that the government acted swiftly. Other store owners, mainly of large retail outlets, complained that the steps miss the mark and that more needs to be done. On Wednesday, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said small businesses will each be handed a 10,000-euro payment, subsidized loans and assistance with personnel costs to help them get back on their feet.

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