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There was good news for Portugal on the borrowing front on Wednesday.

Despite big anti-austerity protests there last weekend, investors were keen to buy its latest issue of treasury bills – that is bonds due to be paid back in six and 18 months time.

And the yields – the amount of interest Lisbon had to offer – fell sharply. The average yield on the 18-month paper slipped below three percent from just over 4.5 percent in April.

Analysts said that Portugal was benefiting from a favourable report by the inspectors from the EU, European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund who last week said the country was on track with its bailout programme.

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