Croatia's consumer prices rose 2.1% y/y in July, slowing from the 2.4% annual rise in the previous month, data from the statistics office showed on August 17.
Almost half the population of the CEE region were glued to their tellies watching the FIFA World Cup between June 14 and July 15 this year. The Russian game against Croatia attracted the biggest TV audience in 20 years.
Tourism is already a major contributor to Croatia's GDP and the local tourist board says visits to its website have jumped 250% during the tournament compared to this time last year.
Producers and vendors of beer, snacks, souvenirs and TV sets are cashing in as Croatia prepares to play its semi-final against England.
China wants to set closer economic ties with the European Union after a trade war has erupted between the East Asian powerhouse and the US.