Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 28 December 2014

Greece's economic outlook 'stable'

Protesting civil servants confront riot police in central Athens. (AP)
Protesting civil servants confront riot police in central Athens. (AP)

Greece's economy is gradually rebalancing and will grow over the coming three years despite ongoing high debt levels, r atings agency Standard & Poor's believes.

The ratings agency today reaffirmed its B-rating on Greece and said the outlook is stable.

Greece's rating is still seven notches below what is considered to be investment grade. Ratings matter because they can affect a country's interest payments.

S&P said it believed Greece's exports would continue to grow and that the government's reforms have helped shore up the budget.

And, though it noted the "fluid" political environment in Greece, it said it believed any government would continue to adhere to current policies.

Greece has been dependent on international rescue funds since 2010, imposing deep austerity measures in return.

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