Bank of Portugal says 2000 growth 2.75% to 3.25%

The Bank of Portugal envisages that the country should register economic growth in 2000 of between 2.75 per cent and 3.25 per cent. The short term concern is pay trends with the effect on inflation and the loss of competitiveness of exports. The central bank's bulletin for September notes that cheap credit has promoted internal demand and has led to increased bank borrowings by families. The Bank of Portugal, where Vitor Constancio is governor, considers that an increase in savings is necessa