EU says Portugal must keep up reforms after bailout ends


LISBON - Portugal needs to keep up its reforms after it exits a bailout programme in May, to improve the economy's potential and shift it to sustainable export-led growth, the European Commission said on Thursday.


Portugal signals full steam ahead for bond auctions after 'great' sale 11:46am BST

LISBON - Portugal plans bond auctions across a range of maturities in the second half of the year after a strong inaugural sale of 10-year paper that showed its debt financing programme was getting back to normal, the treasury secretary said on Thursday.


Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after record bond sale 23 Apr 2014

LISBON/LONDON - Portugal sold its first bonds at auction in three years on Wednesday, paying a record low yield that was seen as vote of market confidence and a boost to Lisbon's chances of making a clean break from its bailout next month.

Portugal shrinks budget deficit sharply as bailout nears end 23 Apr 2014

LISBON - Portugal's public deficit shrank 39 percent in the first quarter of this year from a year earlier, coming in far below a ceiling set under its international bailout, the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

UPDATE 3-Bailout exit beckons for Portugal after record bond sale 23 Apr 2014

* PM says no decision yet on possible standby loan (Adds fresh comments, updates prices)

Portugal yields hit 8-year lows as Wednesday's auction whets appetite 23 Apr 2014

LONDON, April 23 - Portugal's government bond yields hit eight-year lows before an auction on Wednesday of 10-year debt, on optimism around the country's full return to debt markets after three years.

Exit plan unresolved as Portugal's last bailout review kicks off 22 Apr 2014

LISBON - Portugal's international lenders started on Tuesday their last evaluation of its performance under its bailout, with further reforms on the agenda and the question of a standby loan when it exits the programme next month still unresolved.

Exit plan unresolved as Portugal's last bailout review kicks off 22 Apr 2014

* Bond yields near 8-year lows; auctions resume on Wednesday


IMF sees Portugal's economy improving; reforms needed to tackle risks 21 Apr 2014

LISBON - Portugal's near-term economic prospects are improving as its international bailout nears an end, but it must keep up reforms such as freeing up the jobs market to avoid falling back into growing debt, the IMF said.

IMF board signs off on latest Portugal review 17 Apr 2014

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund signed off on its latest review of Portugal's bailout on Thursday, and also extended the program until June to finish assessing the euro zone country's progress with getting its economy back on track.


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