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
European Commission paper highlights challenges for Greek exports
The European Commission (EC) published an economic paper titled “The puzzle of the missing Greek exports” showing that Greece’s export performance is dramatically lagging behind, yet its export potential could be enormous.
Greece has a track record of protracted trade deficits and low openness. In particular, Greece has been experiencing a negative trade balance of circa 10 percent of GDP between 1995 and the late 2000s, which peaked at 14.5 percent in 2008.
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