Italy again sees higher borrowing costs at auction

Friday 28 December 2012 11.25
The interest rates on the 10-year debt rose from 4.45% last month to 4.48%
The interest rates on the 10-year debt rose from 4.45% last month to 4.48%

Italy's borrowing costs have risen for the second day in a row in a pair of bond auctions that also failed to raise as much money as expected.

The Italian Treasury said it raised €5.88 billion in its auction of 10- and 5-year bonds, shy of the €6 billion target.

The interest rates on the 10-year debt rose from 4.45% last month to 4.48% while the rate for five-year bonds was 3.26%, up from the 3.23%.

Italy also saw its borrowing costs inch up in Thursday's auction of six-month paper.

The country had been enjoying several months of falling interest rates thanks to reforms introduced by Premier Mario Monti and the European Central Bank's offer to buy up bonds.

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