Brazil's main policy body cuts BNDES key interest rate
SAO PAULO, March 30 Brazil's National Monetary Council decided on Thursday to reduce the interest rate at which state development bank BNDES pegs its loans.
ATHENS Greece's third-largest lender Alpha Bank (ACBr.AT) on Friday posted net first quarter profit of 2.88 billion euros ($3.75 billion), booking goodwill on its acquisition of Emporiki Bank from Credit Agricole (CAGR.PA).
Excluding the one-off goodwill inclusion, the bank's profit came to 244 million euros from a loss of 82.5 million in the same period in 2012.
Alpha said provisions for loan impairments rose to 505 million euros.
(Reporting by George Georgiopoulos)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., March 30 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket recovered at sea from its maiden flight last year blasted off again from Florida on Thursday in the first successful launch of a recycled orbital-class booster, which scored a double feat with another return landing on an ocean platform.