Fitch maintains Greek 'BB' rating with stable outlook amid some lack of visibility
Economic sentiment stable in June, but consumer confidence drops
BoG sees growth of 4.2 pct this year but warns of multiple challenges ahead
Unemployment edges down to 16.3 pct in March as inactives approach 3.5 mln
Greece raises another 2.5 bln with reopening of sought-after 10-yr bond
IMF raises outlook on Greek debt sustainability to merely 'uncertain'
Retail's downward slide continued with 8.9 pct sales drop in August
Retail sales headed south for yet another month with the contraction rate decelerating to 8.9 percent in August from a revised 14.1 percent in July, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). A broadly similar drop of 7.8 percent was also evident in retail volumes. The decline in 2013 continues unabated following an average annual drop of 11.0 and 7.2 percent in 2012 and 2011 respectively with a cumulative nosedive of 26.7 percent since its peak in 2008.
The picture remains rather mixed in the various sectors with some segments such as department stores, pharmaceutical products and cosmetics as well as furniture, electrical and household equipment still deep in the red and exhibiting a double digit decl...
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