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Van Lanschot NV
Net Profit Of Van Lanschot Up Some 9% in 2003
HERTOGENBOSCH, The Netherlands, Jan. 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Van Lanschot NV's net profit as well as earnings per ordinary share rose some 9% in 2003. Net profit -- which rose 4.1% to (Eur) 53.3 million in the first six months of 2003 -- will exceed (Eur) 100 million for the year as a whole. Such a high profit on ordinary activities is a first in Van Lanschot's history. Mr H.J. Baeten, chairman of the Board of Managing Directors of Van Lanschot, made this announcement during the New Year's gathering for the bank's employees. "I am very pleased that the bank managed to increase income further in what was a difficult year economically. Cost reductions, too, contributed substantially to the positive development of the result", says Mr Baeten. "Our focus on specific target groups and the bank's own identity once again proved to be profitable, as we succeeded in further increasing the number of private and corporate accounts in the past year."
Off to Choose a Wizard -- Boy Becomes a Legend in Strange Parallel World in New Book
WESTMINSTER, Colo., January 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- It was supposed to be just a boring field trip for Burris Samson Debowski. However, when his plane unexpectedly plunges from 20,000 feet, it becomes a ticket to another world. Burris is the only survivor of the crash, and his adventure is just beginning. Mark Irlanda introduces his exciting new fantasy series in Wizards 3: The Legend's Choice (now available through 1stBooks).
Messiah Speaks -- Author Offers Complete Guide to Understanding Jesus' Teachings and Prophecies
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., January 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Jesus Christ has been called by many different names, among which are Messiah, Yahweh and Yeshua. In Messiah Speaks (now available through 1stBooks), noted author of religious books and evangelist Stephen Miller traces the origin of these names and shares God's teachings and prophecies as chronicled in the Holy Bible. Spanning more than 12 years of research, Messiah Speaks may be used as a reference guide for those seeking enlightenment and deeper understanding of God's works and words.
When Resentment Turns to Selfish Abuse -- New Book Tells of Woman Who Takes Out Lost Dreams on Family
SACRAMENTO, Calif., January 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- The poverty and lack of resources during the Great Depression left a mark on everyone it touched. For Glady, the mother of a large family, the Depression was just the beginning of her problems. In a new book, Lilacs and Glady (now available through 1stBooks), author Francer Hope tells how Glady's selfish and unrealistic expectations not only make her callous, but take a toll on her children, as well.
The History and Future of Israelite America -- Author Sets Out to Prove Israelites were Real Native Americans
GOODING, Idaho, Jan. 9, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- History teaches students that Christopher Columbus discovered the Americas and Native Americans passed to North America via an ice bridge from Asia. This is all wrong, writes Walter Baucum, who believes the real natives of America are Israelites. In his new book, The History and Future of Israelite America (now available through 1stBooks), he shows readers that America was visited and settled by "lost tribes" of Israel well before American Indians.