Business Briefs

-- ATEbank on Wednesday announced that six month losses widened to 905.1 million euros, up from losses of 109.9 million euros in the corresponding period last year, while excluding the impact of a bond swap programne, first half losses totaled 86.8 million euros, a figure improved compared with last year’s figure.

-- Hellenic Postbank on Wednesday announced losses totaling 498.4 million euros in the first half of 2011, after losses of 55.1 million euros in the corresponding period last year.

-- Industrial production fell 2.9 pct in the Greece in July, compared with the same month last year, Eurostat said on Wednesday.

-- The domestic optical products market was hit by a deep economic recession in the country over 2009-2010, an ICAP Group survey showed on Wednesday. The survey said sunglasses and frames suffered more, while contact lenses showed signs of resistance.

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