: Lebanon's information portal International 144 33 Average value of real estate transactions down 4% to $147,800 in Lebanon in January 2015 Figures released by the Ministry of Finance indicate that the number of real estate transactions totaled 3,551 in January 2015, constituting a decrease of 28.4% from 4,959 deals in the same month of 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon Central Bank's Coincident Indicator up 3% in 2014 The Central Bank's Coincident Indicator, an index of economic activity in Lebanon, reached 292.5 points in December 2014 compared to 268.7 in November 2014 and 267.9 in December 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Tourist arrivals in Lebanon up 23% in January 2015 The number of incoming tourists to Lebanon totaled 90,784 in January 2015, constituting an increase of 22.6% from 74,019 tourists in January 2014, a rise of 12% from 81,060 tourists in January 2013 and a drop of 5.3% from 95,816 tourists Consumer Price Index down 4% year-on-year in January 2015 The Central Administration of Statistics' Consumer Price Index declined by 3.75% in January 2015 from January 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Prices of clothing & footwear increased by 17.5%, followed More than 195,000 sqm of offices under construction in Beirut A recent market study conducted by RAMCO sarl on the office market in Beirut has revealed that 37 office projects are currently under construction in Municipal Beirut. This total represents 195,694 SQM of office space. Eleven of these Revenues through Port of Beirut down 5% to $2.6bn in 2014 Figures released by the Port of Beirut show that overall receipts generated through the port reached $2.6bn in 2014, constituting a decrease of 5.1% from 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Customs receipts Kafalat loan guarantees down 52% to $5m in January 2015 Figures released by the Kafalat Corporation show that loans extended to small- and medium-size companies under the guarantee of Kafalat reached $5.1m in January 2015, constituting a decline of 51.8% from $10.7m in the same month of Drop in global oil prices to benefit Lebanon's fiscal and external accounts The World Bank anticipated that the drop in global oil prices would have a positive impact on Lebanon. First, the Bank expected that the decline in global oil prices would improve the country's structurally weak fiscal position, Number of new construction permits in Lebanon flat in 2014, surface area up 5% The Order of Engineers of Beirut & Tripoli issued 16,663 new construction permits in 2014, constituting a marginal decrease of 0.4% from 16,728 in 2013 and relative to an 8.1% decline in 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ 2014 was a good year for Rolls-Royce in Lebanon Bassoul-Heneine sal, the dealer of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in Lebanon, has announced an impressive 14% increase in Rolls-Royce sales in 2014. Following the recent global announcement that the Middle-East region was Rolls-Royce Motor