High participation rate helps bond swap tick box
Greece continues debt management with swap of bonds worth 30 bln
Retail sales continue their rise in July as consumer confidence improves
Rating agencies concur in improved prospects for Greece
Fitch upgrades Greek rating to B-, sees debt sustainability improving
Greece completes first bond issue in three years, eyes more on way out of programme
EU funds and limited expenditure drive primary budget surplus to 2 bln in Feb
Greece’s budget execution showed a primary surplus of 2.06 billion euros to February, which is over four times higher than the 487 million posted in the corresponding period last year, according to the final data released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday.
The state budget balance for the first two months of the year is also positive, recording a surplus of 487 million from deficit of 788 million last year.
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