Bloomberg the Company & Products

Bloomberg Anywhere Login

Bloomberg

Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.

Company

Financial Products

Enterprise Products

Media

Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000

Communications

Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Greek Economic Sentiment Climbs to Highest in Two Years

Jan. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Greek economic sentiment rose to the highest in more than two years in December as euro-area nations and the International Monetary Fund approved the payment of bailout funds for Greece, ending months of uncertainty.

An index measuring short-term economic trends stood at 84.1, up from 79 in November, the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research, known as IOBE, said in an e-mailed report today. Consumer confidence rose 2 points to minus 72.1, the Athens-based foundation said.

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s government concluded months of negotiations in November with the troika of the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF, with parliament approving the austerity measures demanded by creditors in return for aid. Euro-region finance ministers last month agreed to release the loans needed to keep Greece solvent.

“The end of negotiations with the troika, despite the significant burden they placed on large segments of the population, eased the uncertainty on economic actors about the country’s course,” IOBE said. “It eliminates currency uncertainty, at least in the medium term, while emphatically confirming the will of our partners for a joint approach in solving the country’s difficult problems.”

The improvement in sentiment was reflected in all industries except construction, which dropped to the lowest level since March, according to the report.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marcus Bensasson in Athens at mbensasson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Craig Stirling at cstirling1@bloomberg.net

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.