: Lebanon's information portal International 144 33 Airport activity up 4% in first 10 months of 2014 The number of airport passengers (arrivals, departures, transit) at Hariri International Airport (HIA) totaled 5,569,274 in the first 10 months of 2014, constituting an increase of 4.2% from the same period last year, said Lebanon Electricite du Liban: power restored Sub-grids have been reconnected to the central power plant so that power supply could return shortly to the greater Beirut area, Lebanon Electricity Company (Electricite du Liban) said today. Technicians have been working overnight Lebanon's net public debt at $56bn at end-September 2014 Lebanon's gross public debt reached $66bn at the end of September 2014, constituting a rise of 3.9% from $63.48bn at the end of 2013 and an increase of 5.7% from $62.4bn at end-September 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ Lebanon's balance of payments posts deficit of $302m by September 2014 Central Bank figures show that Lebanon's balance of payments posted a deficit of $301.8m in the first nine months of 2014 compared to a deficit of $676.4m in the same period last year, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Pharaon: Lebanon's tourism witnessed 25% increase in summer of 2014 Tourism Minister, Michel Pharaon, on Wednesday winded up his visit to Britain, where he had taken part in the World Travel Market's exhibition WTM London 2014. World Travel Market - the leading global event for the travel industry Gasoline prices drop Petroleum derivatives prices reduced Wednesday by LL600 for gasoline (98 & 95 octane), LL500 for red diesel and fuel oil and LL400 for Kerosene, All prices are per 20 liters. It is also noted that the price for a gas cylinder Economic outlook vulnerable to regional developments HSBC Bank projected Lebanon's real GDP growth at 0.3% in 2014 and at 1.3% in 2015 compared to growth rates of 0.1% in 2013 and 2.5% in 2012. It said that heightened political and security risks have been weighing heavily on economic Revolutionary peer-to-peer lending platform in UAE On Monday Dubai-based beehive launched the region’s first peer-to-peer online lending platform; a new alternative for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Commercial activity in Lebanon still slow in first quarter of 2014 The Central Bank's quarterly business survey of opinions indicated that the decline in the volume of commercial sales slowed down during the first quarter of 2014 but remained low relative to historical levels, with the balance of Lebanon's stock market activity up 96% by October 2014 Figures released by the Beirut Stock Exchange indicate that total trading volume reached 82.5 million shares in the first 10 months of 2014, constituting an increase of 148.7% from the same period of 2013; while aggregate turnover