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Morning briefing: 4 Feb 2013

Lebanon’s banking profits grow, plus other news

by Executive Staff


Lebanon’s five listed banks posted an aggregate 2.4 percent growth in profits in 2012 standing at $1.01 billion, compared to $986 million a year earlier.

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Iran's foreign minister has welcomed the willingness of the United States to hold direct talks with Tehran in the standoff over its nuclear program.

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A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to five years in prison on Sunday for insulting the emir on Twitter, a rights lawyer and news websites said.

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Lebanon's Union Coordination Committee, which groups public and private school teachers, has announced an open-ended strike will begin on February 19 should the government fail to implement the new salary scale.

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A $1.35 billion sale of shares in Iraqi mobile telephone firm Asiacell, the country's first major public offer of equity since the US-led invasion in 2003, was fully subscribed.

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Mercedes Benz recorded a 16.7 percent rise in sales in the Middle East and Levant in 2012 compared to 2011 and closed the year with 15 consecutive months of double digit growth, smashing a previous record set in 2008.

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Dana Gas, the Abu Dhabi-listed energy firm which defaulted on an Islamic bond, has said its full-year net profit for 2012 rose 20 percent on the back of higher oil prices and lower costs.

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British authorities are looking into an allegation Barclays lent Qatar money to invest in it as part of a rescue fundraising at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

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Mashreq, one of the UAE's leading financial institutions, has reported a net profit of Dhs1.3bn for the year ended 31st December 2012, constituting a 60 percent increase on the previous year.

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