After dropping by more than 20 percent in each of the preceding two months, Greece’s trade deficit rose by 6.9 percent in March, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
The Greek consumer price index (CPI) fell by 2.1 percent in April, similar to the decline in March, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Greek shares rose for the second successive session on Thursday, when they climbed by 3 percent following a rise by 2.86 percent on Wednesday.
Greece and its lenders appear to be progressing towards a deal after weeks of deliberations and disagreement, with Athens having reportedly agreed on a set of fiscal measures.
The interest rate on households’ new time deposits edged up by 2 basis points (bps) to 1.83 percent in March from 1.81 percent in February, according to the Bank of Greece (BoG).
The seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate eased for the second straight month in February, when it fell to 25.4 percent from a downward revised 25.6 percent in January, according to the Hellenic Statistical Agency (ELSTAT).
The Greek stock market slumped 3.85 percent on Tuesday as the recent optimism that Greece would soon reach an agreement with its official creditors was doused by a Financial Times report showing that International Monetary Fund has adopted a gloomy outlook on public finances.
In its spring economic forecasts the European Commission (EC) focusses on the failure of the Greek recovery to pick up amid high political uncertainty and tighter financing conditions, which are also weighing on public finances.
Greece’s manufacturing PMI fell markedly in April, when it dropped by 2.4 points to 46.5 from 48.9 in March, according to Markit.
The Hellenic Financial Stability Fund (HFSF) reported extended losses of 9.92 billion euros last year from 9.61 billion in 2013, according to its 2014 annual report.