Estonia's government debt still lowest in EU

bne IntelliNews October 22, 2020

The government debt to GDP ratio for Estonia was 18.5% at the end of 2Q20, which was the lowest among the EU’s member states.

Poland’s retail sales accelerate growth in September but recovery might be short-lived

bne IntelliNews October 21, 2020

Strong rebound for the sector in Q3 was followed by hike in new COVID-19 cases and tightening of containment measures.

Births, marriages and deaths all down in Latvia in 9M20

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2020

Latvia's population decreased by 7,100 as a result of natural population change in January-September, to an estimated 1,898,000 as of October 1.

Poland’s core inflation bounces back up to 4.3% y/y in September

bne IntelliNews October 19, 2020

Strong rise of Polish core inflation in September reflects regulated price effects and the impact of strong fiscal stimulus on consumption, analysts say.

Poland’s CPI picks up to 3.2% y/y in September as COVID-19 restrictions drive up cost of services

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2020

More expensive services resulted from companies transferring costs of heightened sanitary standards onto consumers, as well as an outflow of foreign workers.

Exports tumble across Baltics in 8M20

bne IntelliNews October 17, 2020

All three Baltic countries have posted year-on-year declines in exports for January-August 2020.

Russia’s Watcom shopping index begins to fall again as coronavirus infections hit new record highs

Ben Aris in Berlin October 15, 2020

The Watcom shopping index that measures foot traffic in Moscow’s biggest malls has started to fall again as new infections of coronavirus (COVID-19) hit new record highs.

Ukraine's GDP falls by 5.8% in January-August

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2020

The decline in Ukraine's GDP in January-August 2020 will amount to 5.8%, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine announced on October 12.

Ukraine's inflation slows to 2.3% in September, as food prices fall

bne IntelliNews October 13, 2020

Ukraine’s consumer inflation slowed to 2.3 % y/y in September from 2.5% y/y in the prior month, the State Statistics Service reported on October 9.

Russia’s services PMI drops sharply, but remains comfortably in the black

bne IntelliNews October 5, 2020

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Russia Services Business Activity Index fell heavily from a month earlier to 53.7 in September after posting 58.2 in August, but still signalled a solid expansion in output.

Polish industry’s recovery continues sluggishly in September

bne IntelliNews October 2, 2020

Poland's Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) inched up 0.2 points to 50.8 in September, but the rebound that began in July is fading.

PMI shows Turkey’s manufacturing recovery losing steam in September

bne IntelIiNews October 1, 2020

Survey shows strengthening jobs creation but rates of expansion in new orders and output levelling off.

Moscow’s Watcom shopping index starts to fall again as fears of a coronavirus second wave rise

bne IntelliNews October 1, 2020

Foot traffic in Russia’s leading shopping malls had made back 85% of the ground lost during the coronavirus lockdown earlier this year, but the trend reversed and traffic began falling again in September as fears of a second coronavirus wave rose.

Russia's manufacturing PMI goes back into the red on coronavirus second wave fears

bne IntelliNews October 1, 2020

The latest IHS Markit Russia Manufacturing Purchasing Index (PMI) survey data indicated a marginal deterioration in operating conditions across the Russian goods-producing sector at the end of the third quarter, driven by a fall in new orders

CEE second wave threatens to stifle recovery warn Fitch Solutions analysts

bne IntelliNews October 1, 2020

CEE economies have weathered the crisis better than their western peers, but a second wave threatens to stifle demand and add to political volatility.

Latvian retail trade turnover increased 4.4% y/y in August

bne IntelliNews September 30, 2020

Sales of electrical household appliances and cultural and recreation goods helped push up retail turnover.

Russian corporate profits continue to recover, and caught up with 2019 earnings in July

bne IntelliNews September 29, 2020

Russian corporate profits are maintaining their recovery and on a cumulative basis continue to claw back ground lost in the second quarter during the worst of the coronacrisis. Monthly corporate profits were back at the same level they were in July.

Bulgaria ends summer tourism season with arrivals down 80%

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2020

The sector, which is a major contributor to the economy, was severely hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

Balkan route nations least tolerant of migration

bne IntelliNews September 24, 2020

Acceptance of migrants has declined globally, and the nations of the Western Balkans that bore the brunt of the 2015-2016 migration crisis are now the least tolerant in the world, a new Gallup poll shows.