Croatia

Moldova, Bulgaria, Poland, Albania and Latvia to lose more than 40% of their populations by 2100

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 22, 2017

UN projections show populations will fall in every East European country this century, with Moldova’s set to contract by more than 51%.

Foreign investors held 37.5% of Croatia’s general government gross debt stock in 2016

bne IntelliNews June 20, 2017

Croatia is no longer subject to an excessive deficit procedure due to improvements in its budget metrics. The EC projects government debt will decline further to 79.4% of GDP in 2018, backed by strong nominal GDP growth.

Croatia’s annual CPI inflation falls to 1.1% in May

bne IntelliNews June 17, 2017

Consumer prices started to increase y/y in December 2016, peaking at 1.4% in April.

Croatia’s 2016 GDP per capita 41% lower than EU average

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 14, 2017

Croatia has posted GDP growth for the last 10 quarters after emerging from a severe recession, but was still the second-poorest country in the EU in 2016.

Croatia gears up for a good tourism season as air passenger traffic at its airports soars 33% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews June 14, 2017

With Croatia becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, more flights are available to carry people in and out of the country

Russia dominates CEE region in global university ranking

Nicholas Watson in Prague June 13, 2017

Emerging markets are starting to feature more prominently on the QS World University Rankings, with Russia's top five universities all advancing more than 10 places on the latest index.

Building material price inflation in Croatia reaches 1.2% in May

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2017

While producer prices of building materials in Croatia are rising, the country's industrial producer price inflation remains behind the EU average

Building permits up 18% y/y in Croatia in April

bne IntelliNews June 13, 2017

A total of 693 permits were issued for buildings and 133 for civil engineering works in April alone in Croatia

Croatia’s annual industrial producer price inflation slows to 1.8% y/y in May

bne IntelliNews June 10, 2017

Despite the improving trend in 2017, industrial producer price inflation in Croatia remains below the EU average.

Croatia's foreign trade gap expands 1% y/y in January-April

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 10, 2017

Foreign trade growth starts to escalate again in 2017, as economy continues to perform strongly.

Plenkovic’s government survives in Croatia as parliament approves new ministers

bne IntelliNews June 9, 2017

Conservative HDZ secures backing from left-leaning Croatian People's Party and minority MPs after split from former coalition partner Most.

Banking convergence returns to Central and Eastern Europe, says RBI

Robert Anderson in Prague June 9, 2017

The banking downturn is over, with profitability surging last year, according to the lender's annual CEE Banking Report.

Troubled Agrokor secures €480mn financing

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 8, 2017

Croatian food and retail giant announces fresh financing after Zagreb court rejects lawsuit from creditor Sberbank aimed at blocking new loan deals.

Croatian central bank purchases €188mn to alleviate kuna’s appreciation

bne IntelliNews June 6, 2017

Croatia's central bank (HNB) purchased €188mn on the foreign exchange market on June 6 at an average HRK/EUR rate of 7.4162 from the local banks in order to alleviate the appreciation of the local kuna currency.

Croatia's HDZ continues winning streak in second round of local polls

Akin Nazli in Belgrade June 5, 2017

Strong performance puts HDZ leader and PM Plenkovic in a better position as he tries to secure a parliamentary majority to appoint new ministers after split from Most.

Bosnia slides closer towards conflict

Denitsa Koseva in Sofia June 4, 2017

Bosnia plummeted on Global Peace Index as internal divisions and relations with neighbours worsened.

Croatia’s annual industrial producer prices inflation reaches 2.9% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews June 4, 2017

Annual industrial producer prices inflation in Croatia accelerated to 2.9% y/y in April from 1.1% y/y in the previous month.

Romania leads the Balkan IPO race

Clare Nuttall in Bucharest June 1, 2017

Series of IPO announcements in Romania, Croatia and Slovenia arouse speculation about the start of a larger return of the IPO markets in the region.

Croatia’s Q1 GDP growth below expectations

bne IntelliNews May 31, 2017

GDP growth in Croatia decelerated to 2.5% y/y in Q1 from 3.4% in the last quarter of 2016.

Croatia raises 364-day kuna bills offer as yield stay at historical low of 0.45%

bne IntelliNews May 30, 2017

Croatian finance ministry’s HRK1bn worth of 364-day kuna bills offer on May 30 was higher than the planned HRK700mn thanks to strong demand of HRK1.31bn as yields remained flat at a historic low of 0.45% for the seventh consecutive auction.

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