Eastern Europe / Data

Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in H1

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Russia still playing important role in Ukraine’s trade as turnover rises in 1H17 and remains one of Ukraine’s top five trade partners in terms of export of goods

Kyiv ranks in top 10 of least liveable cities in world, EIU study shows

bne IntelliNews August 17, 2017

Kyiv was one of the top five biggest decliners in this year’s “Global Liveability Report” by the EIU, with the Ukrainian capital dropping 21.4% in the index over the past five years.

Russian industrial production slows sharply after strong spring run

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2017

Russian industrial production decelerated to just 1.1% y/y in July from 3.5% y/y in June, with economic recovery struggling to gather real momentum.

Nearly two-thirds of Russians choose ruble as their preferred savings currency

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2017

Nearly two thirds of all Russians (63%) choose the ruble as their preferred savings currency, according to a survey by the state owned pollster, the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VTsIOM). That is up from 53% a year ago

Russian life expectancy up by six months to 72.4yrs

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Average life expectancy in Russia in the first half of this year up by half a year to 72.4 years, according to deputy PM, but population nevertheless passes a peak.

Ukraine's balance of payments deficit more than doubles to $1.882bn in Jan-June 2017

bne IntelliNews August 15, 2017

Ukraine's balance of payments deficit more than doubled to $1.882bn in January-June 2017, increasing by almost 2.6 times year on year. In the first half of 2016, Ukraine ran a balance of payments deficit of $727.5mn.

Bank lending conditions improve in Emerging Europe

bne IntelliNews August 14, 2017

The Institute of International Finance (IIF) composite index for the Emerging Markets Bank Lending Conditions Survey in 2Q17 showed that while lending conditions in emerging markets (EM) in general have tightened, those in Europe are easing

Brno top destination for tech startups in CEE/CIS

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2017

Affordability makes the Czech Republic’s second city the highest ranked location in the CEE/CIS region on Nestpick’s latest Startup Cities Index.

Russian car market recovery strengthens in July

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2017

Sales of cars and light commercial vehicles in Russia grew by 18.6% year-on-year in July, strengthening from the 15% y/y gain seen in May and June, the Association of European Businesses (AEB) that oversees the industry said on August 8.

Belarus forex reserves inch up by 1.6% in July

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2017

The foreign reserves of Belarus increased by $103.8mn or 1.6% m/m to $6.665bn in July, following a 25.2% m/m jump in June.

Most Russians still get their news from TV

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2017

More than two-thirds (69%) of Russians rely on TV to get their news, according to the state-owned pollster VTsIOM. Nine out of ten of the TV audience is elderly, while eight out of ten young people get their news from the internet.

Russia's inflation below CBR's 4% target and lowest in five years

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2017

Inflation fell to below the Central Bank of Russia's (CBR) target level of 4% in July the lowest level since the bank switched to inflation targeting policy in late 2014 and lowest level since May 2012.

CEE monthly bond wrap: summer slowdown is here

Ben Aris in Berlin August 4, 2017

The summer slowdown is here with bond issue volumes dropping off across the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region but still way ahead of last year’s results.

Watcom index: Shopping in the cold summer of 2017

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2017

The Watcom shopping index continued to under-perform as 2017 turns out of be the worst shopping season in the last four years and was behind the 2016 average by 7-10% thanks to the bad weather in May, Watcom reports.

Russia to become a net borrower for first time in a decade

bne IntelliNews July 28, 2017

Russia may change from a net creditor into a net borrower, as the second of its three surpluses is expected to go negative next year. But with its tiny external debt and imminent application of the so-call fiscal rule, Russia can easily afford it.

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