Russian companies pay the highest dividends in the world. At the moment the average dividend yield if 6.8%, which is around twice that of the benchmark MSCI Emerging Markets (EM) index.
Ukraine saw the second fastest e-commerce sector growth in Europe last year, up by just under a third, according to the EU-funded Better Regulation Delivery Office.
Some Russian employees are expected to go to work in temperatures further below freezing than in any other part of the world, according to a study by Crystal Ski Holidays.
Long reliant on package tourists from Eastern Europe and neighbouring Balkan states who flock to its beaches in the brief summer season, Albania is gradually diversifying its tourist offering.
Foods was the country’s leading export product in 2018, up 5.3% y/y to $5.23bn, but exports of tanks, tractors and software are all growing. Trade figures are expected to rise again in 2019.
Russia’s taxi business has become ultra-competitive. Already running for several years, the incumbent Yandex.Taxi subsidies its drivers and won’t go into profit until maybe this year. It has already forced Uber into a merger and may IPO in the next t
Turkey’s decline alarming on a five-year view. Armenia only bright light across whole region.
The value of M&A deals in the region soared by 20.1% in 2018, with investors largely ignoring populism and protests in Central and Southeast Europe, a CMS/EMIS report shows.
The details of Putin’s 12 national programmes, laid out in the May Decrees, are still being worked out and many questions remain.
Bizarre stories of the 165-year-old voter and 1,000 voters living in one apartment offer but a teasing glimmer of what is politely described as a “hybrid regime”.