VISEGRAD: Social Democrat divisions over populism on display

Robert Anderson in Prague December 5, 2016

Czech and Slovak premiers call for left to refocus on living standards and workers' rights.

External winds buffet an improving year

Nicholas Watson in Prague December 1, 2016

Despite the external blows of Brexit and then ‘Trumpquake’, there was a general improvement in Central and Eastern Europe’s transaction climate in 2016.

Polish PMI picks up in November to 51.9

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

Polish manufacturing picked up in November with the Markit PMI manufacturing index rising from October’s 25-month low of 50.2 to 51.9 in November, indicating a stronger overall rate of growth in the sector.

Central Europe’s factories unsure of Eurozone recovery

bne IntelliNews December 1, 2016

Central European factories remain on an uncertain footing, purchasing manager indices suggest, despite further signs of recovery in the Eurozone.

Poland's sluggish third quarter growth confirmed

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2016

Polish GDP expanded 2.5% on the year in the third quarter. The disappointing growth was driven by the biggest fall in investment since 2010, leaving consumption the lone pillar of economic growth. The worry is that will fade early next year.

Poland escapes two year deflation run

bne IntelliNews November 30, 2016

Poland's consumer price index remained unchanged y/y in November, the first time prices did not drop since July 2014, statistics office GUS announced in a flash estimate on November 30.

OECD views fiscal stimulus and stronger investment as vital for Visegrad and Baltics

bne IntelliNews November 28, 2016

Spending in areas with longer term payoffs are particularly crucial in CEE, where innovation and productivity are low.

Mid Europa buys Profi in Romania's largest ever retail deal

Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 23, 2016

Enterprise Investors exits Romanian supermarket chain for €533mn after successful expansion programme targeting rural areas.

Poland’s retirement reform riddled with risk

Tim Gosling in Prague November 22, 2016

The Polish government has pushed a bill to lower the retirement age through parliament. The move poses risks for the budget and the economy.

Polish industrial production provides another nasty shock in October

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2016

Polish industrial production contracted 1.3% y/y in October, data from statistical office GUS showed on November 21. The weak result casts severe doubt on GDP growth for the final quarter of the year.

Polish retail sales growth slows to 4.6% y/y in October

bne IntelliNews November 21, 2016

Polish retail sales grew 4.6% y/y in constant prices in October, statistics office GUS announced on November 21. The reading is weaker than September’s growth of 6.3% y/y, and dents somewhat hope for a GDP growth rebound in the final quarter of the

Slovakia’s EU asylum reform proposal exposes continuing splits in bloc

bne IntelliNews November 18, 2016

Slovak officials claimed on November 18 that its ‘effective solidarity’ proposal has been met with interest. That appears at odds with anger expressed by other member states.

Central Europe and Baltics still struggling to cast off corruption, TI survey shows

bne IntelliNews November 17, 2016

The performance of Central European and Baltic countries to stem corruption in the political system continues to be middling to poor, Transparency International’s (TI) Global Corruption Barometer suggested on November 16.

VISEGRAD: Central European consumers left to carry the weight

Tim Gosling in Prague November 16, 2016

GDP growth in Central Europe slumped in the third quarter, dragged down by the collapse of investment and signs of slowing industry.

Polish GDP growth in Q3 a major disappointment

bne IntelliNews November 15, 2016

Polish GDP expanded just 2.5% on the year in the third quarter of the year, the country’s statistics office reported in a flash estimate on November 15.

Poland takes another step towards escaping deflation

bne IntelliNews November 14, 2016

Poland's consumer price index dropped 0.2% y/y in October, trimming its fall from 0.5% the previous month.

Baltics and Poland wary over Nato pledges following US election

bne IntelliNews November 9, 2016

The Baltic states presented a calm front in reaction to the shock victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election.

Regional heavyweights join chase for SABMiller's CEE brewers

bne IntelliNews November 8, 2016

A Polish-Hungarian insurance and energy consortium is amongst a list of six suitors to have submitted preliminary bids for SABMiller’s Central and Eastern European beer brands.

Marks & Spencer to exit several CEE, SEE markets in global overhaul

Carmen Simion in Bucharest November 8, 2016

Stores in Hungary, Poland and Romania to shut as UK-based retailer reports fall in profits.

Masters of the EM universe

Ben Aris in Berlin November 8, 2016

“Western politicians haven’t forgiven Russia for Crimea, but the markets have.” The Russian bond market is booming in a welcome relief for the Kremlin. The rest of CEE not so much, as the ECB QE programme depresses yields to historic lows.

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