Countries across the CEE/CIS region defy the global trend, with approval of the US leadership increasing strongly
Belarus' GDP grew by 2.4% year-on-year in 2017, the country's Prime Minister Andrei Kobyakov told a cabinet meeting, thanks to Russia's economic recovery
For most of last year Russian-made brands have been the number one top sellers as Russians trade down to cheaper models. However, in the second half foreign-made brands reasserted themselves.
Volkswagen saw sales in Russia rise by 20% in 2017, almost twice as much as the forecast increase in sales for the whole market.
Russia hit its target of boosting trade turnover with China to over $80bn in 2017
Oil prices have been pushed up by the Opec+ production cut deal that reduces global output by 1.8bn barrels per day.
Total EM portfolio inflows since the start of the year amounted to some $7bn.
Minsk managed to boost its reserves with a $1.4bn bond issue in 2017 that was well received by investors and helped cover all its refinancing needs of $3.4bn in 2018.
Europe is now sending Ukraine more than twice as much imports in dollar terms as Russia.
Ukraine’s consumer price inflation (CPI) ticked up in 2017 to 13.7% compared with 12.4% in 2016, as expected after the government doubled the minimum wage earlier in the year.
Russia’s rainy day Reserve Fund has ceased to exist as of January 1, the Ministry of Finance reported.
After years in the doldrums, investment volume rose 9% in 2017 to $4.6bn, reports JLL.
Russians have given up on saving and are borrowing more instead to fund their lifestyle, data from the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) shows. Borrowing from banks has doubled in eight years and two thirds have no savings at all.
Ukraine's foreign exchange reserves increased by 21% to $18.805bn in 2017, the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) says