Lithuanian retail sales growth slows in April

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2017

Lithuanian retail sales grew an unadjusted 3.8% y/y in April, data released by Statistics Lithuania on May 26 showed.

Turkey’s economic confidence index reaches 18-month high, signals optimism

bne IntelliNews May 26, 2017

Turkey’s economic confidence index rose for the fourth straight month in May. Driven once more by better consumer sentiment and business sentiment in services, retail and construction, it signalled optimism.

Kosovo’s loan growth decelerates in April

Dimitar Koychev in Sofia May 25, 2017

Loan growth at a still rapid 10.8% as IMF says banking sector profitable and in good health.

Political crisis and Brexit contribute to cut in Macedonia's GDP projections

Valentina Dimitrievska in Skopje May 25, 2017

The Macedonian central bank has cut its projections for the growth of the country’s economy for 2017 and 2018.

Turkey’s home sales up for second consecutive month in April

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2017

Across January-April, home sales in Turkey grew 7% y/y to 440,226 units. Property sales to foreigners were down 5% y/y to 5,894 units.

Croatia raises 364-day bills offer as yields stay at historical lows

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2017

Croatia sold HRK400mn (€54mn) worth of kuna-denominated and also €20mn worth of euro-denominated 364-day bills at an auction on May 23.

Croatia’s average net monthly salary rises to €811 in March

bne IntelliNews May 24, 2017

Croatia’s average net monthly wages rose by 2.17% m/m and 5.24% y/y in nominal terms to HRK6,022 (€811) in March.

Turkey’s manufacturing CUR hits four-year high of 78.8% in May

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2017

The capacity utilisation rate (CUR) of the Turkish manufacturing sector rose to 78.8% in May, the highest figure recorded since August 2013.

Substantial export orders decline dents Turkish business confidence index

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2017

Turkey’s business confidence index slightly deteriorated in May, mainly due to a 15% m/m decline registered in the sub-index that measures export orders for the next three months.

Croatia’s unemployment rate at seven months low of 13.2% in April

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2017

Croatia's registered unemployment rate declined for the third consecutive month to 13.2% in April, the lowest level registered since September’s 13.1%.

Issued building permits in Turkey decline 15% y/y in Q1

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2017

The floor area tied to construction permits granted by Turkish municipalities fell 17% y/y to 45mn m2 in Q1. The total estimated value of the buildings declined 4% y/y to TRY46bn (€11bn).

May brings better sentiment in Turkish service, retail, construction industries

bne IntelliNews May 23, 2017

Seasonally-adjusted business sentiment in the Turkish service, retail and construction industries improved in May.

Turkish gov't's annual debt growth stays high at 16% in April

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2017

Turkey's central government gross debt stock increased 16% y/y to stand at TRY795bn (€198bn) as of the end of April.

Lithuanian industrial production growth slows to 4% y/y in April

bne IntelliNews May 22, 2017

Lithuanian industrial production growth slowed in April to 4% y/y on an adjusted basis, according to data from Statistics Lithuania released on May 22.

Calendar effects sink Polish industrial production in April

bne IntelliNews May 19, 2017

Polish industrial production surprised to the downside in April, contracting 0.6% y/y as calendar effects took their toll, data from statistical office GUS showed on May 19.

Russia's non-oil deficit falling but not far or fast enough

Ben Aris in Berlin May 18, 2017

Oil was the key factor in Russia’s budget income and since prices collapsed in late 2014 the non-oil component is more important. Oil's share remains about half of GDP but the non-oil deficit is still too high.

Turkish consumer confidence index up for third consecutive month in May

bne IntelliNews May 18, 2017

Turkish consumers seem quite willing to spend on goods apart from big ticket items despite strong potential regional and domestic instability. The consumer confidence index has been on the rise since February.

"Yugonostalgia" still strong in Western Balkans

Akin Nazli in Belgrade May 18, 2017

Residents of Bosnia, Macedonia and Serbia most likely to think the breakup of Yugoslavia harmed their country, poll shows.

Turkey’s short-term external debt rises 4% q/q in Q1

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2017

Turkey’s Q1 short-term external debt stock rises 4% q/q to $102bn.

Czech GDP growth accelerates strongly in first quarter

bne IntelliNews May 17, 2017

Czech GDP growth accelerated above expectations to 2.9% y/y in the first quarter, according to a preliminary estimate published by statistics office CZSO.

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