Travel balance down by 29 pct in April as receipts slump
April current account deficit at 1.34 bln as goods deficit grows
Industrial turnover rises by 6.7 pct in April for fourth positive reading
Primary cash surplus at 6.4 bln in year to date, expenditure rises during May
Turnover in services sector shows deteriorations in Q1 2018
Budget primary surplus at 1.54 bln in May on revenue rise, sharp investment underspend
General government bottom line continues to improve with moderate decrease in arrears
The Greek general government (gg) cash deficit to August fell by 60.7 percent to 3.87 billion with the gg cash primary surplus rising by 12.7 percent to 1.78 billion, according to the Ministry of Finance (MoF). The released data incorporates SMP income of 1.5 billion recorded in the July budget execution. Furthermore, state arrears to the private sector retreated 2.0 percent month on month (mom) and 25.8 percent (2.29 billion) since the beginning of the year. Arrears came to 6.57 billion at the end of August.
The state budget is the key element in the reported gg evolution. There is an important difference compared to the released budget execution for the same period, which relates to a cash correction of 4.3 billion mainly stemming from settlement of arrear...
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