The IMF Country Reports Series covers economic and financial developments and trends in member countries. Each report, prepared by a staff team after discussions with officials of the country, is published at the option of the member.
This Background Paper reviews economic developments in the real economy and the labor market of Greece during 1990-95. It presents the calculation of an index of coincident economic indicators, which is used to gauge the strength of the recovery. The paper highlights that in 1994, Greece's external accounts strengthened considerably: the current account deficit improved to near-balance reflecting strong invisible receipts (mostly tourism), and substantial capital inflows-following the successful handling of the speculative attack against the drachma in May 1994-boosted official reserves to a record US$16.5 billion at end-June 1995.