: Lebanon's information portal International 144 33 Lebanese find living in Lebanon difficult According to a survey done by firms Gallop and Healthways on the level of well-being in 135 different countries, 19% of respondents in Lebanon acknowledged that they are "thriving" in three or more elements included in the For 4th consecutive year, cost of living in Beirut remains high According to EuroCost’s International’s 2014 survey on expatriates’ cost-of-living, Beirut ranked 14th place globally for the third consecutive year. Lebanon's Industrial exports down 13% in first five months of 2014 Figures released by the Ministry of Industry show that industrial exports totaled $1.3bn in the first five months of 2014, constituting a decrease of 12.9% from $1.5bn in the same period last year. Industrial exports reached $286.9m Gasoline prices drop Petroleum derivatives prices reduced Wednesday by LL700 for gasoline (98 & 95 octane), LL500 for Kerosene and fuel oil, LL400 for red diesel. All prices are per 20 liters. It is also noted that the price for a gas cylinder Surface area of new construction permits in Lebanon up 7% by September 2014 Figures released by the order of Engineers of Beirut & Tripoli show that the number of new construction permits reached 12,828 in the first nine months of 2014, constituting a marginal increase of 0.2% from 12,800 in the same period Central Bank's foreign assets up 9% to $38.3bn in first nine months of 2014 The Central Bank's interim balance sheet reached $85.3bn at the end of September 2014 compared to $77bn at the end of 2013 and to $78.6bn at the end of September 2013, Byblos Bank ‘Lebanon This Week’ reported. Assets Khalil: Government to issue $450 million Eurobond this year According to Lebanon’s finance minister, Ali Hasan Khalil, there are plans for the government to issue a $450 million Eurobond by the end of the year in order to meet the country’s funding needs. There are also plans Salameh: $1 billion stimulus package for 2015 According to Lebanon’s Central Bank governor, Lebanon is planning a $1 billion economic stimulus package for 2015 in order to maintain growth and support the economy. Riad Salameh said he hoped the new stimulus, following $800 Lebanonís Consumer Price Index down -0.2% MoM in September 2014 Lebanon’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) decreased -0.2% MoM from 101.0 in August 2014 to 100.8 in September 2014, according to newly revised version from CAS, FFA Private Bank -Beirut Research Department reported. CPI measures Olive farmers in occupied Palestinian territory need protection Nearly half of all cultivated land in the occupied Palestinian Territories is planted with olive trees making them a major driving force of the economy. The UN this week said that Palestinian olive farmers must be protected from attacks