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Fitch downgrades five eurozone countries - but retains Ireland's rating

Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia have all been downgraded by the American ratings agency.
Jan 27th 2012, 6:39 PM 4,094 16

CREDIT RATINGS AGENCY Fitch has downgraded five eurozone countries today – Italy, Spain, Belgium, Cyprus and Slovenia – but has not altered Ireland’s credit rating.

Italy’s rating was cut to A minus from A plus; Spain was downgraded to A from AA minus; Belgium was cut to AA from AA plus; Cyprus was cut to BBB minus from BBB and Slovenia was downgraded to A from AA minus.

Ireland, meanwhile, has retained its BBB plus rating, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Fitch kept the outlook for all six countries on negative outlook, according to Bloomberg.

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