Stock markets negative, U.S. May retail data falls short of expectations
TORONTO – The Toronto stock market was off to a negative start Friday after U.S. retail sales for May widely missed expectations, raising fresh questions about the strength of an American economic recovery.
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ATHENS, Greece – A van bomb exploded outside the Athens Stock Exchange Wednesday, lightly injuring a passer-by and causing extensive damage to the building and to nearby cars, Greek police said. A second bomb outside a government building in the northern city of Thessaloniki caused only minor damage. Both attacks were preceded by anonymous warning calls to Greek media, but there was no claim of responsibility. Police said a Greek far-left militant group called Revolutionary Struggle, best known for firing a rocket at the US embassy in Athens in 2007, was suspected in the stock exchange blast. “The methodology points to Revolutionary Struggle,” police spokesman Panayiotis Stathis said. Extensive damage The attack in Athens’ central Votanikos district blew out windows at the stock exchange and a neighboring car dealership, and damaged parked cars and trees, police said. They said the bomb exploded at 5:38 am, in a stolen van that had been parked on a side street outside the building. One woman was lightly injured by flying glass. “The blast caused extensive damage, to the stock exchange building itself and to nearby cars, five of which were completely destroyed,” Stathis said. The stock exchange said in a statement that trading would go ahead normally, “despite the huge damage the explosion caused to the building.” Hidden in a telephone exchange box Police said the second bomb had been hidden in a telephone exchange box outside the Ministry for Macedonia and Thrace in …