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2009-08-18 11:07:05

Bulgaria's gross domestic product in the second quarter dropped 4.8 percent compared with the same period last year, the statistics office said. The Bulgarian economy began registering declines in the last quarter of 2008 when its GDP fell 1.6 percent, followed by a drop of 3.5 percent in the first three months of this year. The second-quarter decline was attributed mainly to poor output in the industrial and farming sectors, the Bulgarian news agency SNA reported Tuesday quoting statistics...

2009-07-31 01:00:00

LONDON, July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Australia's number one online accommodation provider recently opened Poland and Slovakia as new destinations on its popular website.

2009-07-24 12:39:38

The European Union's statistics office says the results of a recent study indicate the ongoing economic crisis is harder on European men than women. The EU office said in a new report since men are the prevailing gender in European industries such as Europe's automobile and financial services industries, the economic downturn has impacted their lives more than their female counterparts, the EUobserver said Friday. The Eurostat report published Thursday points out how in countries like...

2009-07-03 23:00:00

LONDON, July 4 /PRNewswire/ -- As the G8 prepare to meet in Italy this week, the second global ranking of the ecological efficiency with which the world's nations deliver long and happy lives for the people who live there - the 'Happy Planet Index' - reveals a surprising picture of the relative wealth and progress of nations. - Latin America tops the Index with Costa Rica the 'greenest and happiest' country.

2009-04-21 04:16:00

LONDON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Argus has launched daily coverage of the Romanian over-the-counter wholesale power market, and expanded its coverage of the Hungarian market in response to increased trading activity.

2009-03-30 08:22:35

Domestic and international tourism spending in Canada was flat in the fourth quarter of 2008, Statistics Canada reported from Ottawa Monday. Tourism spending in Canada edged down 0.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2008, while spending by international visitors to Canada was unchanged during the quarter,

2009-03-14 15:24:16

Switzerland is bowing to international pressure, agreeing to end its policy of allowing secretive banking, officials said. The Times of London reported Saturday that the move means Switzerland will join Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and Andorra, which also agreed this week to share limited information on their accounts on request from foreign governments. The newspaper said Zurich's decision to end its 300 years of banking secrecy precedes the G20 meeting, where British Prime Minister Gordon...

2009-03-13 12:30:09

Switzerland said Friday it would alter its international banking policies to align itself with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Although Swiss Finance Minister Hans-Rudolf Merz said Switzerland was not laying to rest Swiss banking secrecy, the government, he said, was ready to begin negotiations on revising double taxation agreements. While the move faces internal opposition in Switzerland, the country faced international pressure and possible sanctions for its...

2009-03-02 10:40:26

The European Union has said no to a proposal by Hungary to assemble a $240 billion bailout for Eastern European countries. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said a sweeping bailout proposal wasn't appropriate, The Washington Post reported Monday. Saying that the situation is the same for all Central and Eastern European states … I don't see that, Merkel said after a summit meeting Sunday in Brussels.

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