UBS: Growth in Greece to reach 5.7% in 2022 and 4% in 2023

Swiss bank UBS proceeded to an upward revision of the growth for Greece to 5.7% this year, from 4% which was the previous forecast, mainly as a result of the strong impact of tourism, also foreseeing that in 2023 the growth rate of the GDP will reach 4% (from 4.7% which was the previous estimate).

The upgrade, however, reflects overall the strong GDP of the first quarter (+2.3% on a quarterly basis and +7.0% on an annual basis) which creates a carry-over of 450 basis points for further growth, as well as the tourism revenues expected to reach 20 billion euros this year against the initial forecast of 15 billion euros (from 10.5 billion euros last year), including the sector's positive impact on job creation.

Steady progress in the second half as well

At the same time, there are indications of a stable course of growth during the second half as well (+6.6% on an annual basis), while a clear recovery of corporate lending is also observed (potentially influenced by the inflows of the Recovery Fund).

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According to UBS economist Gyorgy Kovacs, the new forecast is 150 basis points higher than the market's average estimate (+4.2%).

The dangers

The risks for the Greek economy for 2022 are found in the gradual deterioration of the business climate and a possible interruption of natural gas flows in Europe. In this context, and due to the strong performance of 2022, it revised its forecast for growth in Greece in 2023 to 4% from 4.7% previously.

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