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vet ser­vices. Mean­while, Trade and Tourism Min­is­ter Yior­gos Lil­lykas said that there was a grow­ing in­ter­est from for­eign foot­ball teams to train in Cyprus dur­ing win­ter as they can­celled their stay in Turkey for fear of the bird flu.

Bond

mar­ket:

Fi­nance Min­is­ter Michalis Sar­ris said that a de­ci­sion about a sec­ondary bond mar­ket was ex­pected in early 2006, which will raise liq­uid­ity both for the govern­ment as is­suer and for traders. But the Stock Ex­change, the Se­cu­ri­ties Com­mis­sion and the Cen­tral Bank are locked in a quar­rel over who will reg­u­late the mar­ket.

Dual pric­ing:

The govern­ment is gear­ing up for the in­tro­duc­tion of the euro in Jan­uary 2008 with stake­hold­ers, busi­ness and con­sumer groups pre­par­ing the pub­lic by en­cour­ag­ing dual pric­ing and keep­ing a check on un­war­ranted price hikes.

The 200 mem­bers of the su­per­mar­kets as­so­ci­a­tion will re­main closed on Thurs­day to protest the govern­ment’s in­abil­ity to in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion that would al­low longer shop­ping hours on Wed­nes­day and Satur­day af­ter­noons.

Su­per­mar­kets

Gam­bling rise:

close:

Cypri­ots spent CYP 11.6 mln in casi­nos and gam­bling house around the world us­ing their credit cards, but only CYP 1.35 mln in the north. The UK at­tracted most gam­blers who bet CYP 6.7 mln.

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