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Industrial output falls 4.5 percent y/y in December

Greek industrial output fell 4.5 percent in December compared to the same month last year, after an upwardly revised 9.0 percent fall in November, data from statistics service ELSTAT showed on Monday.
Looking at index components, manufacturing production rose 0.3 percent from the same month in 2018, with water output up 0.6 percent.

Korakaki to run first part of Olympic torch relay

Greek Olympic and world champion Anna Korakaki will run the first part of the relay following the torch-lighting ceremony for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and will also be the first woman to hold that honor. The 23-year-old shooter will receive the Olympic flame from the High Priestess in a ceremony to be held on March 12 at Ancient Olympia. [Reuters]

Alpha Bank set to price Tier 2 bond at yield of 4.25 pct

Greece's Alpha Bank was set to price a 500 million euro Tier 2 bond issue at a yield of 4.25 percent, according to a lead manager.

The Greek lender received around 5.5 billion euros of investor demand for the subordinated bond issue, the lead manager said.

Pricing is expected later on Thursday via lead managers Citi, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, JP Morgan and NatWest Markets. 

November unemployment drops to 16.5 pct

Greece's jobless rate eased slightly to 16.5 percent in November from 16.6 percent in the previous month, data from the country's statistics service ELSTAT showed on Thursday.

It was the lowest jobless rate since April 2011.

Seasonally adjusted data showed the number of unemployed at 772,614 people, with those aged up to 24 bearing the brunt of being out of work.

Piraeus bank to securitize about 7 bln euros in NPEs this year

Greek lender Piraeus Bank, the country's largest lender by assets, said on Monday it plans to securitize roughly 7 billion euros of non-performing exposures (NPEs) in 2020.

Greek banks have been working to reduce a pile of sour credit of more than 70 billion euros ($77.32 billion), the legacy of a financial crisis that shrank the country's economy by a quarter.

November retail sales up 3.1 pct, led by pharmaceuticals

Greek retail sales by volume rose 3.1 percent in November compared to the same month last year after an upwardly revised 7.2 percent rise in October, statistics service ELSTAT said on Friday.
Retail sales were led higher by pharmaceuticals and cosmetics as well as books and footwear, the data showed.

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