Our comprehensive assessment of Greece's operating environment and the outlook for its leading sectors are formed by bringing together a wealth of data on global markets that affect Greece, as well as the latest industry developments that could impact Greece's industries. This unique integrated approach has given us an impeccable track-record for predicting important shifts in the markets, ensuring you’re aware of the latest market opportunities and risks in Greece before your competitors.
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Greece Industry Coverage (16)
Passenger car sales in Greece increased 21.3% in 2014, to 71,218 units. BMI attributes this growth over the year to low base effects and pent-up demand in the market following years of sustained declines. Indeed, the recovery of the country's autos market has continued despite sustained weakness in the country's economy.
Commercial vehicle (CV) sales in Greece increased 40.5% in 2014. BMI believes that this respite comes on the back of low base effects from a weak 2013 and pent-up demand from several years of sustained declines. We expect these dynamics to buoy the segment somewhat despite our bearish view on the broader macro picture, and this has informed our expectation for sustained growth in total CV sales in 2015. The Greek economy remains depressed, with national output far below pre-crisis levels. Record high unemployment, fiscal austerity and weak credit growth will...
Defence & Security
Greece Defence & Security
BMI View: The report discusses Greece's strategic situation, including its fractious relationship with Turkey, its relations with NATO and other European nations, and its global relations and participation in military operations around the world. In terms of procurement, the report examines Greece's current defence programmes, planned acquisitions and future procurement aspirations in light of the country's economic crisis.
BMI expects Greece to spend USD6bn on defence in 2014. On average, between 2011 and 2013, Greece spent USD6.2bn annually on defence. Spending has progressively declined as the Greek economy has contracted and the government has sought to bring public spending under control. We expect Greece to spend less on defence between 2015 and 2019, spending an average of USD5.5bn. By 2019 we expect Greece to be spending USD5.6bn on...
Food & Drink
Greece Food & Drink
BMI View: A gradual improvement in household spending will help Greece emerge from depression in 2015 and 2016. But a lack of significant growth drivers means growth rates will remain anaemic over the coming years, with persistently weak eurozone growth posing risks to this already tepid outlook.
We expect household spending to be the main driver of real GDP growth over 2015 and 2016, adding an average of 0.7 percentage points (pp) to headline growth figures. This reflects a stabilisation, rather than a full-blown recovery, of household demand. Declining domestic prices and weaker global commodity prices are offering some degree of support to disposable incomes. Consumer confidence is also improving, as the country prepares to exit its troika bailout and returns to growth.
Headline Industry Data (local currency)
Greece Freight Transport
Freight Demand Picking Up Pace In 2015
Looking at specific Greek transport modes, the main feature of 2015 will be faster growth compared to 2014. All modes will experience cargo volume expansion in a range of roughly 2.0% to 6.0%, ahead of the general rate of expansion experienced in the slowly recovering Greek economy. As in recent years, the best performer will be the Port of Piraeus, lifted by new investment and its role as a European gateway. Foreign trade growth will accelerate to 3.5%, giving a positive boost to freight demand after years of contraction.
The Greek economy is recovering, but the transition seems to be from deep recession to weak growth with continuing downside risks. We now expect GDP to gain 1.2% in 2015, up from an estimate of 0.2% positive growth in 2014, which itself came after six consecutive years of contraction (2008-2013). The problem is that the growth drivers are...
Greece Medical Devices
Oil & Gas
Greece Oil & Gas
BMI View: Greek hydrocarbons production is forecast to decline by 0.6% in 2015 while consumption will go up by 1.3%, leaving a net shortfall of 356,000boe/d that needs to be imported.
Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
Greece Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare
BMI View: A distinct escalation in political uncertainty will see continued erosion of public and political support for the implementation of much-needed reforms. In addition, drugmakers will see revenue opportunities constrained as pressures on Greek household spending are amplified by an anachronistic and distorted domestic pharmaceutical reimbursement structure. Regressive funding, under-the-table payments and the lack of universal healthcare administration have allowed numerous intermediaries to operate throughout the Greek pharmaceutical value chain, thus ...
Greece Real Estate
BMI View: With the Greek economy back on track for growth, we expect an improvement of the wider macroeconomic situation to also support a recovery of the commercial real estate market. Although there are several positive indicators especially for the office and retail real estate segments, the economic recovery remains highly fragile and uncertainty continues to dominate the market atmosphere. We therefore expect rental rates to remain largely stable with slight positive trends in the abovementioned two sectors, while the demand for industrial real estate space will remain subdued as the Greek industry continues to struggle.
The commercial real estate sector closely mirrors the general economic trends of the country and as such has suffered significantly in the Greek economic crisis. Hopes are raised as 2014 is expected to be the first year...
BMI View: After a surge in wind capacity installation rates during 2013 we expect to see a slowdown in the Greek wind market and wider non-hydro renewables industry. Recent project announcements highlight that the wind sector will continue to expand in future, but at a much slower rate - in line with the changes made to the Greece renewables policy, under the New Deal earlier in 2014.
Measures to address the deficit of the country's power regulator LAGIE's deficit (which funds renewable energy), under the New Deal, introduced in April 2014, included reduction of FiTs, most steeply for solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, an increase to the renewables levy charged to all consumers (residential, commercial and industrial) and caped to annual installations of...
BMI View : Our forecasts for the Greek wireline voice, broadband and mobile services markets have been extended through to 2019 in this quarter's update. We have reined-in our expectations for growth in the mobile arena, despite the increasing take-up of higher-value 4G services, owing to the continued emphasis on prepaid offerings. The outperformer remains Vodafone, which took control of Hellas Online (HOL) in late 2014 and seems poised to buy ForthNet, too. A compelling converged services provider should emerge in the near future, which would provide upside to the wireline broadband segment, but lead to a thinning out of inactive mobile-only subscriptions as well as costly fixed voice lines. The wireline voice market contracted faster than...
BMI View: We believe that over the short term, Greece's tourism industry will suffer from the political uncertainty, as potential risks of domestic unrest deter visitors. Moreover, the continued economic pressures and high unemployment will constrain domestic tourism and outbound tourist departures considerably. That said, should Greece exit the EU we would anticipate a surge in tourism numbers as the probable return to the drachma would make holidays in Greece attractively cheap. Finally, towards the end of 2015 and in the first part of 2016, we expect that the passing on of lower fuel prices to consumers by airlines will boost the wider tourism flows across Europe, and Greece could be a key beneficiary of this trend.
The finance ministers failed to come to an agreement in their previous meeting on February 11, and both sides did not even make a joint statement following the talks....