Deposit outflow at 550 mln in Oct, led by a decline in corporates
Re-opening of benchmark bond fetches 200 mln at steep yield of 4.44 pct
In another cautious move, PDMA fetches 975 mln for 5 yrs at variable rate
S&P leaves Greece a notch away from investment grade as outlook blurs
Fitch leaves rating unchanged at 'BB', sees small recession and primary deficit next year
Yields rise, but Greek debt still partly shielded from market headwinds
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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