Greek debt came to 159.1 pct of GDP in Q3

Greece?s debt reached 159.1 percent of gross domestic product in the third quarter of 2011, the European Union said on Friday, approaching the EU?s full-year forecast of 162.8 percent.

The 17-nation euro area?s aggregate debt was 87.4 percent of GDP in the third quarter, according to Eurostat, the EU?s Luxembourg-based statistics office.

Portugal?s third-quarter debt was 110.1 percent and Ireland?s was 104.9 percent, Eurostat said. [Bloomberg]