The boom Central and Eastern Europe has been enjoying for the last four years has reached its peak as countries in the region start to run up against their structural limits.
But the soon to be appointed minority government headed by Marjan Sarec depends on support from far-left Levica that staunchly opposes privatisation, making it unclear how Ljubljana will carry out its promise to sell off the bank.
Slovenia’s job vacancy rate in the second quarter of the year stood at just 2.6% amid a labour market squeeze in the EU's eastern member states.
Sarec's prospects of winning the upcoming vote in parliament after cobbling together a coalition of five small parties informally backed by Levica still look shaky.
After in 2017 retail trade recorded growth of 8.2%, it will likely maintain the upward trend that began back in 2015 mainly thanks to higher employment and salaries.
Increase in import prices largely reflects higher oil and gas prices.
Neither political newcomer Sarec nor his rival, Janez Jansa of the rightwing Slovenian Democratic Party, has been able to form a government since the June 3 general election.
President Borut Pahor has declined to nominate a candidate for prime minister after the leaders of the two main parties admitted they couldn’t muster enough MPs to support a new government.
Prices continued their rising trend in the first half of 2018, driven mainly by prices on international markets.
Janez Jansa's SDS was the frontrunner in Slovenia's June general election but many parties have refused to work with the former PM because of his rightwing rhetoric and anti-immigrant stance, leaving the field free for outsider Marjan Sarec.