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
Bank of Greece decision bolsters Greek lenders’ capital ratios
In an unexpected move, the Bank of Greece (BoG) repealed a previous cap on the deferred tax asset (DTA) recognition in Greek banks’ Core Tier 1 (CT1) calculation, resulting in a positive impact on their capital ratios effective in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The banks’ index jumped 2.4 percent on Friday in the aftermath news of the decision with Greek bank stock gains at 12.9 percent since the beginning of the year.
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