Lisbon: Rating agency Fitch downgraded Portugal’s rating to junk status on Thursday, citing large fiscal imbalances and high debts.
A man takes pictures at Rossio train station in Lisbon. Photo: Reuters.
Fitch cut Portugal to BB+ from BBB-, which is still one notch higher than Moody’s rating of Ba2. S&P still rates Portugal investment grade.
Fitch said a deepening recession makes it ”much more challenging” for the government to cut the budget deficit but it still expects fiscal goals to be met both this year and next.
“However, the risk of slippage - either from worse macroeconomic outturns or insufficient expenditure controls - is large,” Fitch said.