IN SHORT OF BUSINESS

Tatra Banka's ATM operations up

DURING THE FIRST half of 2004, clients of Tatra Banka carried out almost 4.5 million ATM transactions with an aggregate volume of Sk13 billion (€310 million). The bank reported having 195 ATM machines throughout Slovakia as of June 30, compared to 180 a year ago, SITA news agency reported.

The bank has a 12.3 percent market share in Slovakia. The bank's clients transferred Sk5 billion (€120 million) in total through point-of-sale (POS) terminals over the monitored period, compared to Sk9 billion (€220 million) in 2003. The bank had installed 3,435 POS terminals by the end of June this year.

In the first six months of 2004 Tatra Banka posted a profit of Sk1.4 billion (€30 million)according to Slovak accounting standards, up 30 percent year-on-year.

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