AMMAN — Expatriate transfers to Jordan have increased by 5.5 per cent during the first 10 months of 2012, according to preliminary data from the Central Bank of Jordan (CBJ). By the end of October, transfers have reached $3.1 billion (JD2.2 billion), while the number stood at $2.94 billion during the same period last year, the CBJ indicated on Monday.
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