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
Eurosystem funding drops by 3.9 bln in July on big decline in ELA
Unemployment at 21.7 pct in May after revised April figure
CPI up by 1 pct in July for seventh straight rise
Car sales increase by 28.3 pct in July
Bank of Greece study finds one in six local firms is strategic defaulter
In a separate section of the interim Monetary Policy Report published on Friday, the Bank of Greece (BoG) discussed the issue of corporate strategic defaulters i.e. companies that have stopped servicing their loans despite having the ability to make the payments.
The study examined a sample of 13,000 firms with outstanding loan obligations of at least 1 million euros each between 2010–2015. The loan stock of that sample stood at 57 billion euros, of which 19 billion were classified as non-performing.
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