Portugal EU/IMF Creditors Approve Bailout Review, Goals Unaltered

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October 03, 2013 AT 11:08 AM
By Sergio Goncalves and Daniel Alvarenga LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal's international lenders approved the country's performance under a bailout in their latest review on Thursday, but rejected government requests to ease fiscal goals. The European Union and International Monetary Fund said Lisbon was moving to meet the lending program's goals and that there were early signs of recovery after the worst economic downturn since the 1970s. "The program remains broadly on track, with the authorities determined to achieve its objectives," the lenders said in a statement. ...