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
Another increase for stocks, which edge up 0.4 pct during week
The Greek stock market edged up for the third straight week, rising by 0.4 percent but with soft trading volumes following a stronger rise of 2.3 percent last week as investors remain cautiously optimistic about a conclusion of the second programme review.
The Athens Stock Exchange general index climbed to a 17-month high on Thursday. It corrected by 0.24 percent on the following day closing at 683.57. The bourse is closed on Good Friday.
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