Building activity increases by 16.4 pct in October
Budget primary surplus at 1.97 bln in 2017 on strong underspend
Net job hirings balance positive by 15,315 in December
CPI rises by 0.7 pct in Dec for first 12-month positive streak after four years of deflation
Unemployment rate at 20.7 pct in October, previous month revised upwards
Car sales rise by 16.1 pct in December, annual increase reaches 20.8 pct
General gov't cash surplus sees large contraction in Jan-Feb, arrears edge up
The general government (gg) primary cash balance showed the surplus shrinking by more than two thirds year on year (YoY), landing at 1.02 billion euros in the first two months of 2015 from 3.17 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the bulletin published by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Tuesday.
In the corresponding period of 2014, social security funds had recorded a surplus of 788 million euros, implying a negative fiscal change this year of almost 1 billion YoY. This sector has had the worst fiscal performance so far in 2015.
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