Polish Ministry of State Treasury launched a public tender for its 26.8% stake in duty free retailer, Baltona (The Moodie Report, 29-Jan-2010). The tender closes 01-Mar-2010. The ministry previously unsuccessfully attempted to sell the retailer in 2005.
Polish Ministry of State Treasury launches public tender for its stake in Baltona
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