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Portugal's GDP per capita reached 79 percent of the EU average in 2013 from 76 percent in 2012.

The slight improvement is due to practically zero inflation, and to the GDP per capita rise in current assets, the INE said.

The figures come as the Portuguese economy slowly picks up, with consumer confidence in October rising to its highest point in 12 years.

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Though the economy seems to be slowly improving, Portugal has been battered by three years of harsh austerity implemented under its 78-billion-euro bailout program which it signed with the troika of international lenders -- the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank in May 2011.

During the period from 2008 to 2013, Portugal's living standards worsened considerably due to tax hikes and spending cuts, with unemployment hitting around 16.3 percent in 2013.

The country still has to implement a strict budgetary policy next year in order to lower its debt which currently stands at around 129 percent.

The center-right government has been easing fiscal consolidation but the troika says the pace of reforms is too slow to get the economy back on track and is pushing for more discipline and focus on export-led growth Cheap Asics Running Shoes , which the Central Bank expects to raise by 4.2 percent next year.

Though unemployment is slowly dropping, the International Monetary Fund only recently emphasized that the unemployment rate is still at "historically unprecedented levels" and opposition parties attribute the lower unemployment rate to emigration and seasonal jobs.

The Bank of Portugal expects the Portuguese economy to grow 1.5 percent next year. Portugal's Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho has made it a "point of honor" to cut the deficit to 2.7 percent next year.

Troika's pressure on the Portuguese government to meet its targets came as the country enters election year, with the Socialists gaining broad support as reflected in recent polls, in large part due to their anti-austerity stance which critics say is not feasible.

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