Following two years during which Greece was allowed, thanks to the SGP escape clause, to run substantial deficits to protect its economy from the impact of the pandemic, 2022 sees some sense of fiscal order returning based on the draft budget submitted to Parliament on Monday.
Following two years during which the pandemic forced the Greek authorities to provide extensive support packages that pushed up the debt both in nominal terms and as a percentage of GDP, the draft 2022 budget anticipates the debt-to-GDP ratio resuming a downward path.
The Finance Ministry submitted to Parliament on Monday the draft budget for 2022 in which Greece is seen leaving behind the impact of the pandemic.
Greece’s manufacturing PMI dropped slightly to 58.4 in September, from 59.3 points in August, according to Markit data released on Friday.
Greece’s retail sales growth accelerated in July, rising by 13.3 percent year-on-year (YoY), from an upwards revised 12.2 percent in June, Hellenic Statistical Authority data showed on Thursday.
Following a series of rises, Greece’s economic sentiment (ESI) dropped in September by 3.3 points month-on-month to 109.7 points, from a rise of 1.8 points in August, according to European Commission figures released on Wednesday.
Greece’s employment balance in August turned negative as there were 9,875 more departures than hirings, from a positive balance of 24,395 in July, according to data from the Labour Ministry’s Ergani information system.
The budget primary balance was confirmed at a deficit of 6.38 billion euros in the first eight months of 2021, compared with a deficit of 5.48 billion in the same period last year, the final Finance Ministry (MoF) budget execution data showed on Monday.
Credit movement in the Greek private sector increased by an annual 0.8 percent in August, from 1.2 percent in July, Bank of Greece (BoG) figures showed on Monday.
The net private sector deposit movement in the Greek banking system continued to rise in August, increasing by 1.48 billion euros, from 1.84 billion euros in July, based on Bank of Greece (BoG) figures released on Monday.