Ljubljana aims to further boost tourist numbers and is hoping to benefit from the "Melania Trump effect" given its status as the US first lady's home country.
Poor performance of manufacturing and utilities sectors drags down industrial output by 17.4% y/y in March, despite increase in mining output.
Worsening relations between Russia and the West, plus pressure to meet Nato defence spending commitments, push up expenditure in Eastern Europe.
Croatian deficit reduced to just 0.8% of GDP in 2016 due to healthy economic growth and better tax collection.
The reading is below the gain of 5.8% registered in February, as well as the 8.4% expansion from January, but still shows that growth remains solid.
While Russian citizens annually invested over $2bn in 2013-2014, the silent crisis of 2015 caused investments to halve before reaching $870mn last year.
State lender indicates that there will be more than 200 participating companies across Russia.
Disappointing negative trends in retail in Russia’s capital continued in the first quarter of this year, but have started to stabilise, according to the Watcom shopping index, preceding a recovery later this year.
The data suggest the Polish economy boomed in the first quarter of the year.
Strong growth in the third month of the year shows that consumption, pushed by the tightening labour market, continues to be a major driver of economic growth at the start of the year.
FDI at post-crisis peak driven by investments in manufacturing, real estate and healthcare.
Slovak inflation slowed to 1% y/y in March, a drop of 0.2pp compared with February.
Private sector capital outflow in the first quarter of 2017 stood at $15.4bn, almost double than in the same period of 2016. The quarter’s figure is already close to the central bank’s $16bn estimate for the full year.
Russia’s balance of payments statistics for the first quarter of 2017 exceeded expectations with the surplus jumping to $22.8bn, according to a central bank data release.
Romanian consumer prices edged up 0.1% m/m in March after the 0.1% m/m decline in February, but the annual rise remained constant from last month at 0.2% y/y.
The slowdown to 2.6% output growth suggests a worrying return to sluggishness early in the year.
Turkey’s current account deficit expanded by 29% y/y to $2.53bn in February.
The reading marks the ninth successive month of positive inflation.
Czech inflation was strong again in March, rising to 2.6% y/y, but was flat m/m.
Turkey’s calendar-adjusted industrial production index increased by 1% y/y in February, marking the fifth consecutive rise. However, the rate of growth in the country’s industrial output slowed from the 2.6% y/y rise recorded in January.
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