iloubnan.info : Lebanon's information portal http://www.iloubnan.info/en/rssactu International http://www.iloubnan.info/ iloubnan.info http://www.iloubnan.info/ http://www.iloubnan.info/images/Logo-iloubnan.info-150.jpg 144 33 iloubnan.info Lebanon's net public debt at $57.4bn at end-January 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86048/Lebanons-net-public-debt-at-574bn-at-end-January-2015 Lebanon's gross public debt reached $66.6bn at the end of January 2015, unchanged from the end of 2014 and constituting an increase of 4.1% from $64bn at end-January 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Domestic http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86048/Lebanons-net-public-debt-at-574bn-at-end-January-2015 Lebanon's stock market activity up 2.3 times in first two months of 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86035/Lebanons-stock-market-activity-up-23-times-in-first-two-months-of-2015 Figures released by the Beirut Stock Exchange indicate that total trading volume reached 24.8 million shares in the first two months of 2015, constituting an increase of 165.7% from the same period of 2014, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86035/Lebanons-stock-market-activity-up-23-times-in-first-two-months-of-2015 Average value of real estate transactions down 4% to $147,800 in Lebanon in January 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86012/Average-value-of-real-estate-transactions-down-4percent-to-147800-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86012/Average-value-of-real-estate-transactions-down-4percent-to-147800-in-Lebanon-in-January-2015 Central Bank's Coincident Indicator up 3% in 2014 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86000/Central-Banks-Coincident-Indicator-up-3percent-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. http://www.iloubnan.info/business/86000/Central-Banks-Coincident-Indicator-up-3percent-in-2014 Tourist arrivals in Lebanon up 23% in January 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85993/Tourist-arrivals-in-Lebanon-up-23percent-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85993/Tourist-arrivals-in-Lebanon-up-23percent-in-January-2015 Consumer Price Index down 4% year-on-year in January 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85984/Consumer-Price-Index-down-4percent-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85984/Consumer-Price-Index-down-4percent-year-on-year-in-January-2015 More than 195,000 sqm of offices under construction in Beirut http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85969/More-than-195000-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85969/More-than-195000-sqm-of-offices-under-construction-in-Beirut Revenues through Port of Beirut down 5% to $2.6bn in 2014 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85943/Revenues-through-Port-of-Beirut-down-5percent-to-26bn-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85943/Revenues-through-Port-of-Beirut-down-5percent-to-26bn-in-2014 Kafalat loan guarantees down 52% to $5m in January 2015 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85948/Kafalat-loan-guarantees-down-52percent-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 http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85948/Kafalat-loan-guarantees-down-52percent-to-5m-in-January-2015 Drop in global oil prices to benefit Lebanon's fiscal and external accounts http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85849/Drop-in-global-oil-prices-to-benefit-Lebanons-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, http://www.iloubnan.info/business/85849/Drop-in-global-oil-prices-to-benefit-Lebanons-fiscal-and-external-accounts