Given Turkey's economic difficulties, the central bank and lenders have not moved to provide cheaper loans as desired by ruling politicians.
Figures finalised before the surprise announcement of early elections show a small recovery in sentiment.
Regular survey shows respondents expect the rate to be nowhere near the central bank’s 5-7% upper target range.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained its forecast for Ukraine's economic growth in 2018 at 3.2% year-on-year, and reviewed downwards the 2019 forecast to 3.3% y/y from 4% y/y, the multinational lender said in its World Economic Outlook
Benchmark index down 1.76% d/d but Turkish lira and bonds relatively unaffected.
Russia's industrial output in March expanded by 1% year-on-year, slowing down from 1.5% y/y seen in February and 2.9% y/y in January, according to the report by Rosstat statistics service.
Separatist republic benefits from Moldova’s free trade agreement with the EU, with sales to EU countries now outstripping those to Russia fourfold, helping push total exports up 45% y/y to $184mn in Q1.
Unemployment dropped to a post-crisis low of just 3.94% in February with the lowest rates in Bucharest and major western cities.
Latest data also shows Turkish auto production edged up 1% y/y to 159,464 units in March.
Across Q1, the deficit widened by 37% y/y to TRY20.4bn while the primary surplus declined by 51% y/y to TRY1.9bn.
Output growth slowed for the second consecutive month but industrial production has now been in growth territory for an uninterrupted 16 months.
Year on year, however, the figure is a clear improvement on January 2017's 13%.
Increased transit container traffic through the Eurasian Economic Union will depend on trade between China and the EU, but transit states will need to expand their transport infrastructure and remove a number of barriers, EDB report says.
4.1% growth in first two months of 2018 indicates the economy has returned to the strong growth cycle started at the end of 2016, which seemed to have stalled at the end of last year.
Some $20bn erased from value of Turkish equities since start of April amid country's litany of economic and political woes.
The slowdown in inflation will only entrench the Monetary Policy Council in its dovish position.
Central bank expects inflation to subside once effects of loose fiscal and income policies pursued by the government dissipate.
Populations declined across all regions of Bulgaria in 2017 as deaths outstripped births and large-scale emigration continued.
Turkish equities experience net decrease of $57mn while debt securities lose $242mn in week to April 6.