Greece is expected to post a general government primary surplus as well as a current account surplus of 1 percent of GDP for the first time in 2013, according to the Bank of Greece’s (BoG) interim report on Monetary Policy published on Tuesday.
The central government net balance to November on a cash basis showed the deficit widening by 30 percent to 9.96 billion euros from 7.67 billion last year, according to the Bank of Greece (BoG).
Greek banks’ Eurosystem funding, the combined liquidity they have received from the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Greece (BoG) Emergency Liquidity Assistance (ELA) mechanism, marginally eased by 0.33 billion euros in November, according to the BoG’s monthly financial statement.
Greece’s budget execution to November showed a primary surplus of 1.21 billion euros from a deficit of 1.42 billion last year, according to the preliminary data released by the Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Thursday.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September rose marginally to 27.4 percent, from 27.3 percent in August, according to data released by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). The September rate is now just under the historic high of 27.5 percent in May this year.
The Industrial Production Index (IPI) took on a faster downward trend in October with a drop of 5.2 percent following a 1.3 percent decline recorded in September, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Greek building activity (as measured by the number of building permits) dropped by 14.4 percent in September with the respective surface figure easing 25.9 percent, while volume retreated 36.6 percent, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).
Greek non-seasonally-adjusted GDP contracted 3 percent in the third quarter of 2013, confirming flash estimates released on November 14, according to provisional data published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Monday.
Turnover Index in Accommodation and Food Services rose 1.2 percent in the third quarter 2013, decelerating from the 5.2 percent posted in the second quarter, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). The improvement - one again - confirms the strong tourism season in Greece this year.
The Greek general government (gg) cash deficit to October fell by 50.8 percent to 4.41 billion with the gg cash primary surplus landing at 1.38 billion from 2.53 billion last year, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said on Tuesday.