Latvian retail sales growth declines in June

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Latvian retail sales grew a calendar adjusted 3.1% y/y in June, a slowdown on the 3.8% annual expansion recorded the previous month, data from the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) showed on July 28.

Turkey’s economic confidence index jumps 4.5% m/m in July

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

July’s figure of 103.4 is the best figure seen since November 2013 and comes after the index fell back into negative territory in June.

Russia to become a net borrower for first time in a decade

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Russia may change from a net creditor into a net borrower, as the second of its three surpluses is expected to go negative next year. But with its tiny external debt and imminent application of the so-call fiscal rule, Russia can easily afford it.

Croatia’s retail sales growth reaches 10-year high

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Seasonally-adjusted retail sales rose by 7.8% y/y in June, driven by rising household consumption and the strong tourist industry, despite troubles at local retail giant Agrokor.

Ukraine’s GDP was up by 2.5% y/y in January-June

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Ukraine’s GDP was up by 2.5% y/y in the first half of this year, which is also in line with the result in the first quarter, according to economy ministry estimates.

Turkey's central bank keeps policy rates on hold to no surprise

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2017

As anticipated, Turkey’s central bank, amid its battle against double-digit inflation, on July 27 kept its one-week repo (8%), overnight lending (9.25%) and borrowing (7.25%) rates on hold.

Lithuanian retail sales slow growth in June

bne IntelliNews July 27, 2017

Lithuanian retail sales grew an unadjusted 3.4% y/y in June in constant prices, Statistics Lithuania reported on July 27

Poland, Turkey stocks soar, Russia takes a bath

Ben Aris in Berlin July 27, 2017

Poland and Turkey’s stock markets are soaring, up 38% and 35% respectively, making them the best performing markets in the MSCI EM universe. But Russia is in its traditional place of worst performing market YTD, down 15%.

Romanian banks expand loan portfolio by 4.2% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2017

Increase in lending driven by both consumer and corporate segments, while the main engine remains the retail mortgage segment.

Deposit formation in Romanian banks eases amid slower income gains

bne IntelliNews July 26, 2017

Romania's banking system is still a net borrower vis a vis its non-government customers but is shifting toward a net lender position for the first time since the international economic crisis.

Romania tops instability ranking with average minister lasting just 1.2 years

Carmen Simion in Bucharest July 25, 2017

Romania has had three prime ministers since the start of 2017, and around 150 ministers since 1990.

Romanians dream of migrating to Transylvanian IT hub Cluj

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2017

More Romanians considering a move to Cluj Napoca than either Bucharest or abroad, in contrast with emigration trend seen in recent years, World Bank study finds.

Kazakhstan's GDP notably improves, climbing 4.2% y/y in H1

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2017

Economic growth in Kazakhstan given added drive by relaunch of giant Kashagan oil field and moderate economic recoveries of main regional trading partners.

Turkey's business confidence index deteriorates in July

bne IntelliNews July 25, 2017

After hitting a near-3-year high of 112.4 in June, Turkey’s business confidence index declined to 109.5 in July, central bank data showed on July 25, with the general business situation sub-index down.

Russia meets Opec oil production cut target

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2017

Russia has met the production cut target agreed with Opec in May and produced 300,000 less barrels of oil than in October, just after the agreement was signed, according to Energy Minister Alexander Novak.

Ukraine's industrial production surges in June and consumption demand returns, but agriculture is down

Ben Aris in Berlin July 24, 2017

Ukraine’s industrial production continues to rise steadily up 3.8% y/y in June from 1.2% in May. The gain shows that industrial activity is picking up as are consumption and construction, but agricultural production is down due to bad weather.

IMF says Russia’s economy is gradually recovering

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2017

​The International Monetary Fund (IMF) confirmed it sees the Russian economy gradually returning to health this year.

Lithuanian industrial production maintains growth track in June

bne IntelliNews July 24, 2017

The expansion in June marks the tenth straight month of growth.

Bosnia’s CPI inflation slows to 1% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2017

After consumer prices declined in 2016, the International Monetary Fund expects annual average CPI will reverse to inflation of 1.9% in 2017.

Latest data shows Albania's fight against crime and corruption is getting results

bne IntelliNews July 22, 2017

Police step up fight against corruption and organised crime as Tirana aims to start EU accession talks.