Housing prices grew 7.9% in the first quarter of 2017, in comparison to the homologous period of 2016. As for the amount of houses being sold, there was an almost 20% increase, INE reveals.

This year started off with a 2.1% of GDP budgetary deficit, states Statistics Portugal (INE). Concerning the 12 months-period which ended in March 2017, deficit decreased to 1.7% of GDP.