Debt crisis: Greece raises €4bn at debt auction to help government avoid cash crunch [Telegraph]

The extraordinarily large sale was held ahead of the redemption of a €3.2bn bond held by the ECB which expires on August 20. it will also help the country pay salaries and pensions while it awaits the next instalment of its EU-IMF bailout package.

“Total bids reached €4.248bn euros and the amount finally accepted was €4.063bn,” the government debt agency said in a statement.

In its last equivalent sale on July 17, Greece raised €1.625bn euros at a slightly lower rate of 4.28pc.

Greece has been shut out of the long-term debt markets since 2010 and has regularly issued short-term debt, but previous placements had not been as high as Tuesday’s.

In need of cash to pay salaries and pensions, the government hopes that a solution can be found at the European level regarding the redemption of the ECB bond, a finance ministry source told AFP.


Greece raised €4.063bn (£3.2bn) in a sale of three-month treasury bills on Tuesday, paying a modestly higher rate of 4.43pc that will help the government avoid a cash crunch.


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