Piraeus Bank posted a loss of 3.09 billion euros in the first nine months (9M) of 2021 due to impairments related to the NPE clean-up from loan securitisations and sales and Covid-19.
Amidst growing concerns about the impact of the latest pandemic wave and ongoing pressures on the inflation front, led by energy prices, the Finance Ministry tabled a revised final budget for 2022 in which most macro variables and assumptions are improved compared to the draft tabled at the start of October.
Greece’s industrial turnover continued its remarkable recovery, jumping by 39.6 percent year-on-year (YoY) in September, from a 31.6 percent rise in August, according to data from the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) released on Friday.
Greece posted a current account (C/A) deficit of 176.7 million euros, from a surplus of 1.41 billion euros in August, Bank of Greece (BoG) data showed on Friday.
Greece’s central government recorded a primary cash deficit of 6.97 billion euros up to October, from a deficit of 9.04 billion euros last year, according to figures released by the Bank of Greece on Wednesday.
Greece’s seasonally adjusted (SA) unemployment rate dropped to 13 percent in September, from 13.9 percent in August, Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data showed on Wednesday.
The budget primary balance up to October landed at a deficit of 7.2 billion euros, compared with a deficit of 9.07 billion in the same period last year, according to the preliminary Finance Ministry (MoF) budget execution data released on Monday.
Although the Greek authorities did not underestimate the wave of price hikes that started swelling in the summer, it is becoming evident in official data releases that inflation will be far-reaching and most likely will last for longer than the government had hoped or planned for.
The number of building permits issued in Greece picked up again in August, rising by 12.7 percent year-on-year (YoY), from an increase of 6.8 percent in July, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) data released on Friday.
The European Commission continued to revise upwards its estimates for Greek growth in 2021, moving up to 7.1 pct in the autumn forecasts released on Thursday, from 4.3 pct growth seen in the summer forecasts in July.