Primary cash balance falls to deficit of 877 mln in Dec, expenditure rises
Travel balance for nine-month period shows surplus of 11.57 bln
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
Stournaras presents debt relief plan with maximum benefits for Greece, minimum cost for lenders
During a speech at the Delphi Economic Forum on Saturday, Bank of Greece (BoG) governor Yannis Stournaras presented the outcome of an exercise conducted by the central bank showing that mild debt relief in the form of smoothing interest payment for EFSF loans coupled with a primary surplus of 2 percent of GDP as of 2021 is consistent with Greece’s debt sustainability.
The second scenario (baseline low surplus) assumes a primary surplus of 3.5 percent of GDP only in the 2018-2020 period, which falls to 2 percent of GDP thereafter.
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