Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Cyprus economic rating upgraded

Standard and Poor's is more upbeat about Cyprus's public finances

Credit rating agency Standard & Poor's is more upbeat about Cyprus's public finances following a better-than-expected performance since the country's financial rescue a year ago.

The agency upgraded Cyprus's rating by one notch to B and said the outlook remains positive, which could augur further upgrades in the next year.

It said a resilient Cypriot economy has not shrunk as much as anticipated and that the government is meeting all the fiscal targets set out in its bailout deal with other eurozone countries and the International Monetary Fund.

The agency added that risks to financial stability remain, mainly related to a banking sector that is hampered by many bad loans.

The bailout crushed Cyprus's banking sector after sanctioning a grab of uninsured savings in its two largest banks.

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