After announcing on Tuesday that Greece and the troika had concluded the latest review of the Greek economic adjustment programme Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is now training his sights on a return to international bond markets.
Greek banks’ Eurosystem funding eased for the second straight month by 2.85 billion in February, according to the Bank of Greece's (BoG) monthly financial statement. The headline figure settled at 67.99 billion, below the 70-billion mark for the first time since March 2010.
Greece’s central government net balance to February on a cash basis showed a surplus of 221 million from deficit of 1.4 billion last year, according to the Bank of Greece (BoG).
At the same time, the primary cash balance turned also positive posting a surplus of 1.68 billion from deficit of 188 million last year.
The non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate rose to 27.5 percent in Q4, after marginally easing by 0.1 percentage points to 27 percent in Q3, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
The Greek Industrial Production Index (IPI) showed an increase of 1.1 percent for the second straight month in January, following a 0.5 percent rise in December, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Following a temporary jump by 36.2 percent in November, Greek building activity (as measured by the number of building permits) resumed a negative trend in December diving by 29.6 percent according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Greek non-seasonally-adjusted GDP contracted 2.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013, which was 0.3 percentage points better than the flash estimate released a month ago indicating a 2.6 percent drop, according to provisional data published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Tuesday.
Greece’s budget execution showed a primary surplus of 2.1 billion euros to February, more than five times higher than the 487 million posted in the corresponding period last year, according to the preliminary data released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday.
The Greek general government (gg) cash surplus in January widened by 32.5 percent to 2 billion euros from 1.51 billion last year, according to the gg bulletin released by the Ministry of Finance on Tuesday.
The drop in Greece’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) slowed further in February to 1.1 percent from 1.5 percent in January, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).