Rise in foreign arrivals pushes travel receipts up by 14.2 pct in June
Current account surplus at 842.3 million in June, assisted by services balance
Primary cash balance posts deficit of 46 mln at end of July
Industrial turnover up by 8.1 pct in June for eighth consecutive rise
Budget primary surplus at 3.05 bln in 7-month, above target on underspend
Building activity up by 45.7 pct in May, highest since Dec 2005
BoG proposes debt relief measures and lower primary surplus target from 2018
In its monetary policy report published on Wednesday, the Bank of Greece (BoG) suggested a set of debt relief measures that would allow Greece’s primary surplus target to be lowered to 2 percent of GDP from 3.5 percent from 2018 onwards and would keep gross financing needs (GFN) well below the 15 percent of GDP threshold set by the International Monetary Fund.
According to the BoG, sensible debt relief measures could include, extension of maturities, smoothing of interest payments over time, restoration of SMP and ANFA transfers and swap of IMF loans with European Stability Mechanism (ESM) loans.
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