Greek current account surplus widens in September

Tue Nov 19, 2013 4:14am EST

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ATHENS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Greece's current account surplus
widened in September, the Bank of Greece said on Tuesday, helped
by a rise in tourism receipts. 
    The current account balance, a key measure of economic   
competitiveness, showed a surplus of 964 million euros ($1.30
billion) from 895 million euros in the same month last year.
    Tourism receipts, the country's biggest money earner, rose  
17.3 percent year-on-year to 2.07 billion euros in September,  
bringing total revenue in the first nine months of the year to  
10.7 billion euros, up 14.3 percent year-on-year.
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    KEY FIGURES (bln euros)       2013    2012
    September                    0.964   0.895          
    August                       1.221   1.663 
    July                         2.727   0.508 
    June                         0.663   0.073 
    May                          0.036  -1.228 
    April                       -1.187  -0.945 
    March                       -1.285  -2.237 
    February                    -0.716  -1.126 
    January                     -0.222  -1.447 
    Jan-September               10.704   9.360
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    source: Bank of Greece
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