AMSTERDAM, Aug 21 (Reuters) – ABN Amro , the Dutch state bank preparing for privatisation, reported a strong rise in underlying second quarter profits as the Netherlands’ economy grew and provisions for bad loans fell.
Ahold and Rabobank, two of the Netherland’s biggest businesses report strong growth indicating an improving Dutch economy after two years of recession. Hayley Platt reports on its progress.
Dutch consumer confidence improved in August after falling in the previous month, while consumer spending growth accelerated for the first time in three months in June, figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics showed Thursday.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration granted Royal Dutch Shell final clearance on Monday to resume drilling for oil and gas in the environmentally fragile Arctic Ocean for the first time since 2012, a move green groups vowed to fight.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday granted Royal Dutch Shell the final permit to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic for the first time since 2012, a move environmentalists vowed to fight. The Interior Department gave Shell the final permit to drill into the oil zone in the Chukchi Sea off northern Alaska after the Fennica, an icebreaker the company leases that carries emergency well-plugging equipment, was repaired after suffering a gash in its hull.