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Rising communal charges driving more poor Russians into debt

Ben Aris in Berlin February 21, 2018

Growing utility and social costs in Russia have caused an alarming increase in the number of poor Russians driven into debt and arrears have sextupled in the last three years to $11bn.

Russian government tightens the use of National Welfare fund for financing infrastructure projects

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2018

Russian government tightens the use of National Welfare fund use for financing infrastructure projects. The Russian government will only allow reserve funds held in the National Welfare Fund (NWF) when the liquid part of the fund is bigger than 7%

Moldova reports strong industrial production growth in H2 2017

bne IntelliNews February 19, 2018

Moldova's industrial production index increased by 3.5% y/y on average in 2017, accelerating to 5.7% in Q4 when the food industry and textiles production gained momentum.

Romania’s banks achieve record post-crisis profits in 2017

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 19, 2018

Romania’s banking system has the potential to continue the expansion seen in 2015-2017, but the rising interest rate is a serious challenge.

Russia’s industrial output performs better than expected in January rising 2.9% y/y

bne IntelliNews February 16, 2018

Russia’s industrial output performed better than expected in January, rising 2.9% y/y after contracting in both November and December, Rosstat said on February 16.

FDI stagnates in Romania

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2018

Despite stellar growth, investors are nervous about the lack of regulatory predictability in particular on fiscal policy, which will keep FDI volumes from rising in future.

Polish inflation eases in January

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2018

Poland's consumer price index expanded 1.9% y/y in January, shedding 0.2pp compared to the annual growth rate seen in the preceding month.

Ukraine’s economic growth fell every quarter in 2017

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2018

Growth slowed steadily from 2.5% in Q1 to a disappointing 1.8% in Q4, showing that Ukraine is operating well below its potential.

Ukraine's average monthly salary to top UAH10,000 this year

bne IntelliNews February 15, 2018

The average monthly salary in Ukraine will exceed UAH10,000, or $357, this year, Prime Minister Groysman predicted

Romania’s GDP soars 7% in 2017

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest February 15, 2018

Boosted by rampant consumption fuelled by a loose policy mix, the growth rate is unsustainable and is expected to slow significantly in 2018.

Polish GDP growth slows down to 4.3% y/y in Q4

bne IntelliNews February 14, 2018

Polish economic growth loses some pace compared to the seasonally adjusted y/y expansion of 5.2% in the third quarter.

CEE monthly bond wrap: 2018 off to a strong start in CEE

Ben Aris in Berlin February 14, 2018

There were $5.8bn of issues in the bond markets of Central and Eastern Europe in January, well ahead of the $390mn of issues a year ago.

Lithuania producer price inflation slows down in January

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2018

Lithuanian producer prices grew 3.1% y/y in January, after expanding 3.5% y/y the previous month.

Belarus reports 0.8 m/m inflation in January, to cut interest rate in February

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2018

Inflation in Belarus stood at 0.8% month-on-month in January (4.5% year-on-year) and the central bank will cut interest rates again in February to 10.5%

Romanian industry makes strongest post-recession advance

bne IntelliNews February 13, 2018

Industrial production volume increased by 8.2% in 2017, helped by the economic recovery in the EU area, but the availability and cost of the labour force are becoming constraints for future expansion.

Latvian CPI growth slows down to 2% y/y in January

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2018

Inflation has now grown in y/y terms for 17 months straight, having not fallen below the 2% mark since December 2016.

Russia risks missing $200bn China trade target

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2018

Trade turnover between Russia and China was up by 27% in January, but faster growth is needed to reach the $200bn target by 2020.

Albania’s population growth returns to downward trend in 2017

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2018

Albania's population contracted 0.2% in 2017 after briefly rising in 2016, but is forecast to fall dramatically by the end of this century driven to a large extent by mass migration.

Slowdown in Romania's wage growth heralds end of three-year surge

bne IntelliNews February 12, 2018

Average net wages in Romania increased by 9.5% y/y in Q4, the weakest performance in two and a half years, and slower rates are expected this year after the government made broad income taxation and social security contribution reforms.

Slovenia’s industrial production up 8% y/y in 2017

bne IntelliNews February 11, 2018

Slovenia’s industrial production increased 8% y/y in 2017, mainly driven by the manufacturing sector.

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