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Romania’s imports have decreased at a slower rate compared to exports since the crisis emerged in early 2020, but the foreign trade gap has continued to widen.
The blue-chip BET index topped 10,000 points again, after the upward trend at the beginning of last year was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual fall in November was due to plunging food and motor fuels sales, but retail turnover inched up compared to October.
The World Bank revised upward its forecast for Ukraine's growth in 2021 to 3.1% from its earlier forecast of 1.5% issued in October, according to the January 2021 World Bank's Global Economic Prospects.
The steady improvement in the retail sales index shows healthy consumer confidence supported by the robust real wage growth and still moderate unemployment rates.
Ukraine’s banking sector remained impressively healthy throughout 2020 and finished the year on a high. The sector posted a sectoral profit of UAH43,365mn ($1.5bn), which was still down on the 2019 result, the best monthly result in four years
The weighted average rate of return for mandatory private pension funds rose to nearly 4.9% in November, but the private pension funds market in Romania remains underdeveloped.
Prices on the Zagreb Stock Exchange started to revive after the news of successful vaccine trials in November.
Modest recovery of 3.9% in quarterly terms in Q3 but Bosnia's economy isn't expected to fully recover from the coronacrisis until 2022.
Electricity generation by hydropower plants slumped in November forcing Slovenia to turn to thermal power generation and pushing up fuel consumption.
Moldova's economic contraction continued in 3Q20 in contrast to the recovery demonstrated by most global economies after the spring lockdowns.
Output softens, companies face difficulties in sourcing raw materials.
Slovenia’s sentiment indicator dropped to a historic low in April 2020 and since then has remained below the long-term average.
The coronavirus-induced slump in tourism contributed to a GDP contraction estimated at between 9% and 12% in 2020.
Retail sales declined 5.3% y/y in constant prices in November, versus a fall of 2.9% y/y the preceding month.
Russia’s gross international reserves (GIR) fell by about $10bn in the third quarter of 2020 as the government spent some money on alleviating the pain of the coronacrisis to reach $582.7bn as of the last day of November.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s approval rating dropped 3pp in November to 65% from 68% in October, while his disapproval rating rose from 31% to 34% over the same month.
Ukraine’s international reserves are “over $28.5bn,” their highest level in eight years, Bohdan Danylyshyn, head of the Council of the National Bank of Ukraine, wrote on his Facebook page
The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit Russia Services Business Activity Index fell fractionally in December to 48.0 from 48.2 in November, as Russia’s economic recovery from this year’s annus horribilis is still struggling to gather some momentum
For the first time since 1991, 88% of Russians said the outgoing year was more difficult for the country than the previous one, according to a poll by independent pollster the Levada Center.
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