Greece expects economic growth - at last - in 2014
ATHENS (AP) - Greece expects its economy to grow next year, the first annual improvement after six years of brutal contraction.
Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras says the economy is projected to expand 0.6 percent, compared with a 4 percent contraction this year.
Greece's economy has shrunk by about a quarter since 2008, when it was hurt by the global financial crisis. Then in late 2009, it was hit by revelations that its debt was far higher than expected.
The country has avoided bankruptcy through international rescue loans, in exchange for implementing harsh spending cuts and tax increases.