ATHENS, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- Greek retailing welcomed Monday's milestone of Greece's exit from the international rescue financing programs with mixed feelings of optimism and concern for the future.
Although financial indexes have improved, the real economy and households have still not tasted the fruits of eight years of struggle to keep the country afloat, local businessmen told Xinhua.
Nikos Giannetos is a third generation tailor. Since 1907 numerous Greek political leaders, businessmen and grooms have been dressed in Giannetos men's classic clothing collections.
The firm survived the crisis with losses, as all small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). The number of stores was reduced from seven to three and the employees from 57 to 37.
For Giannetos nothing finished on Monday, and the struggle continues, he told Xinhua. Because he feels that Greeks have not made all necessary changes to build a healthy economy. He referred to an overblown public sector which does not service entrepreneurs.
"I do not see optimism for the future, because there is no different mentality. We did not learn a thing. We went through eight years of grievance without getting anything which will save us in the end," he said.