Eastern Europe / Data

Russia’s oil and gas sector sees crude production flat m/m in November (+0.1%) but gains +4% y/y

bne IntelliNews December 5, 2016

Opec may have agreed a production cut deal with oil producers, including a 300,000 barrel cut in Russian production, but Russia’s oil production continues to run at record highs and leading companies are not keen to cut.

Gazprom tops list of biggest Russian companies

bne IntelliNews December 2, 2016

The Russian business weekly Expert finds that firms operating in the oil & gas sector continued to dominate in its annual list of Russia’s 400 largest companies, with Gazprom in the top slot

Russian GDP growth down to 0.5% y/y in October

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

Russian GDP was down 0.5% y/y in October, 0.7% y/y contraction for 10M16.

Arrest of EconMin Ulyukaev casts corruption shadow on government, Putin

bne IntelliNews November 25, 2016

The arrest of the economy minister for allegedly taking a $2mn bribe has cast a shadow of widespread corruption at the heart of government and to a lesser extend on President Vladimir Putin, according to the Levada Center.

Putin approval rating at 4-year high of 86%

bne IntelliNews November 24, 2016

President Vladimir Putin’s rating rose to its highest in 4 years of 86% of Russians who say they are happy with the president, according to independent pollster the Levada Center in October, up from a brief dip to 72% a month earlier.

Russia’s retail sales decline accelerates in October

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2016

Russia’s retail sales ticked down -4.4% as unemployment ticked up in October to 5.4%

Russia posts mixed set of short-term economic indicators for October

bne IntelliNews November 22, 2016

Russian income figures deteriorated in October after a brief respite in September. Both nominal and real disposable incomes fell, while real incomes were the only indicator to improve.

Russia's Watcom shopping index back at 2015 levels as consumption recovers

Ben Aris in Berlin November 18, 2016

The Russian shopping footfall index accelerated again in the 44th week of the year as consumer confidence gains pace and the public starts spending again amid a slew of gradually improving macro indicators.

Russia's annual GDP decline slows to 0.4% in third quarter

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2016

While GDP is in decline for the seventh consecutive quarter, the contraction in July-September is the slowest in the series.

Rising poverty drives bne’s global Despair Index

Ben Aris in Berlin November 15, 2016

bne’s Despair Index values are contained in most developed countries of the world and many of the former Eastern Bloc countries have scores on a par with their Western peers. But the share of poverty remains too high in many countries.

Russia’s MICEX hits new all time high, RTS over 1000 first time in two years

bne IntelliNews November 11, 2016

Russia’s ruble-denominated MICEX index set a new all-time high of 2061.68 on November 10 on the bounce back from the election of Donald Trump as US president while the dollar-denominated RTS went over 1000 for the first time in two years.

Half of Russia's population at risk of falling into poverty, but its despair index is recovering

Ben Aris in Berlin November 11, 2016

Half of Russia's population are at risk of falling into poverty, a report from the World Bank says, but the bne IntelliNews despair index has been recovering to pre-crisis levels.

Russia's economy ministry expects capital outflow to fall to $18bn in 2016

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2016

Previously the ministry forecast $40bn would leave Russia this year, down from the peak of $133bn that left in 2008.

World Bank improves forecast of Russia's GDP

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2016

The World Bank upgraded its estimate for the contraction of the Russian economy from -0.8% this year to -0.6% on November 9, reports Interfax.

Russia's international reserves decreased by 1.8% in October to $390bn

bne IntelliNews November 10, 2016

Russia's international reserves decreased by 1.8% in October to $390bn

Turkey and Russia fall sharply in World Justice Project Rule of Law Index

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

Turkey is at the bottom of the World Justice Project Rule of Law Index 2016 but only just above Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine.

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