News archive of July 2018

EC Approves Sale of Telenor's CEE Assets to Czech Investment Group PPF

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 30 (SeeNews) - The European Commission said on Monday it has approved the sale of Norwegian telecommunications group Telenor's assets in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to Czech Republic-based investment group PPF.

"The Commission found that the proposed transaction would raise no competition concerns," the EU's executive body said in a statement.

Bulgaria in the Top Six in the World When it Comes to Alcohol Consumption

SOFIA, BULGARIA - "Capital"  reports that, according to the International Organization of Wine and Spirits Record (IWSR), Bulgaria is among the top six in the world for consumption of spirits per capita, as the statistics also include domestic production.

Bulgaria's Fibank Non-cons Net Profit Rises in H1

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 31 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's First Investment Bank (Fibank) [BUL:5F4] said that its non-consolidated net profit rose to 45.4 million levs ($23.2 million/27.2 million euro) in the first half of 2018 from 40.6 million levs in the like period of last year.

Bulgaria's Power Output Falls 7.2% y/y in May

SOFIA (Bulgaria), July 30 (SeeNews) - Bulgaria's gross electricity production fell by 7.2% year-on-year in May, whereas electricity supply decreased by an annual 5.7%, the National Statistical Institute (NSI) said on Monday.

On a monthly comparison basis, Bulgaria's power output declined by 1.7% to 2,976 GWh in May, the NSI said in a statement.

Macedonia to Hold Name Change Referendum on September 30

Macedonia's parliament on Monday set September 30 as the date for a referendum on changing the country's name to the Republic of North Macedonia, a high-stakes vote aimed at resolving a long-running row with Greece and clearing the path to join NATO and the EU.

Summer will Finally Smile at Bulgaria, Expect Warm Weather and a lot of Sun

A period of more stable weather and a lot of sunshine is coming. This indicates the medium-term weather forecast presented on Darik.
In the coming days and on Thursday this week there will still be rainfalls mainly over the western and central regions.

Greek May retail sales rise 4.6 pct y/y, led by department stores

Greek retail sales by volume rose 4.6 percent in May compared to the same month last year after an upwardly revised 1.5 percent increase in April, statistics service ELSTAT said on Tuesday.

Retail sales were led higher by department stores and furniture and house apparel, the data showed.

NASA Reveals What the Sun's 'Dynamic Movement' Sounds Like (Video)

A new video released by NASA reveals what it sounds like when the Sun moves, waves, loops and erupts to our ears, and how it might help them study the giant star.

The U.S. space agency says using data captured by the European Space Agency and its own Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, NASA has been able to study the "dynamic movement" of our Sun for more than 20 years. 

Serbian Gendarmerie commander replaced

Unofficially, Dragovic will continue his career in diplomacy. It remains unknown at this time who will replace him at the helm of the unit he had commanded since 2015.