The seasonally adjusted jobless rate slipped for the sixth straight month in March, edging down to 26.8 percent from an upwards revised 26.9 percent in February, according to the Hellenic Statistical Agency (ELSTAT).
The Greek general government (gg) primary cash surplus stood at 1.69 billion in the 4-month period (Jan-Apr) from a deficit of 755 million last year, according the gg bulletin released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF).
After remaining stable for the past five months, the interest rate on households’ new time deposits eased by 10 basis points (bps) to 2.71 percent in April, according to the Bank of Greece (BoG).
Greece’s Manufacturing PMI remained above the 50-point mark, which separates growth from contraction, for the second straight month in May, albeit marginally easing by 0.1 points to 51.0, according to Markit.
Piraeus Bank concluded the first quarter (Q1) reporting season for Greek banks by posting a net loss of 247 million from 700 million in Q4.
The turnover of Greece’s retail trade index fell by 3.4 percent year on year (YoY) in March, from a revised -1.9 percent posted in February, according to the Hellenic Statistical Agency (ELSTAT).
Alpha Bank, the third largest Greek bank by total assets, posted a Q1 net loss of 94.1 million euros from profit of 230.4 million last year.
The Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) increased on Wednesday its estimate for international tourist arrivals in 2014 to 19 million from 18.5 million.
National Bank was the second Greek bank after Eurobank, which published Q1 results on May 28. Net profit landed at 181 million from 27 million last year mainly reflecting soaring pre-provision income (up 25 percent) and receding impairment losses (down 15 percent).
Eurobank kicked off Greek banks’ Q1 results releases posting a net loss of 207.4 million euros in Q1 2014 from 913.1 in Q4 2013.