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UPDATE 1-Greece's current account shows gap in September, tourism revenues plunge

(Adds tourism receipts, breakdown)

ATHENS, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Greece’s current account balance showed a deficit in September compared with a surplus in the same month last year due to a dramatic hit on tourism, data from the Bank of Greece showed on Friday.

Central bank data showed the deficit at 499 million euros ($591.68 million) from a surplus of 914.2 million euros in September 2019.

Tourism revenues plunged to 825.5 million euros from 2.8 billion in the same month a year earlier as global travel restrictions to fight the coronavirus pandemic hit the sector.

Tourist arrivals dropped by an annual 74% in September, the data showed.

In 2019 the current account showed a deficit of 2.6 billion euros. ************************************************************* CURRENT ACCOUNT (bln euros) 2020 2019 September -0.499 0.914 August 0.080 1.803 July -0.874 1.346 June -1.421 0.805 May -0.914 0.270 April -1.133 -1.397 March -1.106 -1.538 February -1.138 -1.015 January -1.291 -1.183 -------------------------------------------- Source: Bank of Greece ($1 = 0.8430 euros) (Reporting by Angeliki Koutantou Editing by Robert Birsel)

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