Draft 2023 budget sees growth cooling to 2.1 pct, primary surplus at 0.7 pct
Despite PMI rise of 0.9 pts in Sept, manufacturing stays in contraction for third month
Unemployment stable at 12.2 pct in August despite strong tourism season
Producer prices up by 39.5 pct in Aug, reversing trend of monthly drops
Retail sales grow by 11.9 in Jul, but volume data continues to tell different story
Economic sentiment recovers 3.4 pts in Sept, buoyed by rise in services
Building activity posts first rise in 20 months but overall picture grim
Greek building activity (as measured by the number of building permits) rose by 4.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) in October for the first time since February 2012, according to the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT). The respective surface area number recorded a modest 1 percent increase, while volume also rose 5.7 percent.
The aggregate figures, which strip out the monthly volatility, show that building activity is persistently deep in the red. In particular, the 12-month trailing average indicates that building permits have slumped 36.9 percent. Building activity to Octo...
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