Eastern Europe / Data

Russian industrial output below expectations at 2.8% growth in July

bne IntelliNews August 16, 2019

Russian industrial output growth slowed down to 2.8% year-on-year from 3.3% seen in June, trending below the consensus expectations of 3.4% growth, and showing a seasonally-adjusted month-on-month decline of 0.4%. In January-July overall industry exp

Russia records slightly improved but still weak GDP growth of 0.9% in 2Q19

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2019

The 0.9% GDP growth in the second quarter of this year was an improvement on the soggy 0.5% in the first quarter.

Ukraine’s annual inflation up slightly to 9.1% y/y in July

bne IntelliNews August 12, 2019

Ukraine’s consumer inflation declined 0.6% m/m in July after dropping 0.5% m/m in June, due to price decreases for food, clothing and footwear, communal services and transportation.

Net capital outflow from Russia in the first seven months of this year increased by 1.6 times to $28bn

bne IntelliNews August 9, 2019

Net capital outflow from Russia in the first seven months of this year increased by 1.6 times to $28bn, according to the Central Bank of Russia (CBR).

Belarus foreign reserves increased by 4.1% m/m in July

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2019

The foreign exchange reserves of Belarus increased by $337mn, or 4.1% month-on-month, to $8.63bn in July following a 2.5% m/m growth in June, the National Bank of Belarus (NBB) said in a statement on August 7,

Belarus central bank to cut key rate to 9.5%

bne IntelliNews August 8, 2019

The National Bank of Belarus (NBB) is going to cut on August 14 its refinancing rate from the current level of 10% per annum to 9.5% per annum, the central bank said in a statement on August 7.

Ukraine foreign reserves increase by 5.8% m/m in July

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2019

Ukraine's international reserves increased by 5.8% month-on-month to $21.84bn in July following a 6.4% m/m growth in June, according to the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU)

Russia's inflation continues to slow to 4.6% in July

bne IntelliNews August 7, 2019

Russia's consumer price index (CPI) posted a growth of 0.2% month-on-month in July, with year-on-year inflation slowing to 4.6%, according to the data of the Rosstat agency. The m/m inflation was below the consensus expectations of 0.2%. In y/y terms

Russian car market keeps contracting in July

bne IntelliNews August 6, 2019

Russian car market continued to contract in July, with the sales of new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) down by 2.4% to 0.14mn units. In the seven months of 2019 the sales also declined by 2.4% to 0.97mn vehicles, according to the

Russian oil, gas output continues rising despite setbacks

bne IntelliNews August 6, 2019

Russian oil and gas production climbed further in the first seven months of 2019, despite cutbacks relating to the dirty oil crisis and a recent dip in gas exports.

Russia's National Welfare Fund doubled in July to $124bn

bne IntelliNews August 4, 2019

Russia's National Welfare Fund (NWF) doubled in July, increasing by RUB4.105 trillion, to RUB7.868 trillion, and in dollars terms by $64.479bn, to $124.137bn, the Ministry of Finance of Russia reported on August 2.

Russia’s manufacturing PMI continued to contract in July, but moved closer to no-change mark

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2019

Russia’s manufacturing PMI continued to contract in July with the index up only slightly to 49.3 from 48.6 a month earlier, but still below the 50 no-change mark, IHS Markit reported on August 1.

Russia’s basic sector output accelerated in June, to be bolstered by expanding national project spending in 2Q19

bne IntelliNews August 1, 2019

Russia’s basic sector output, which represents a large share of GDP, grew by nearly 2% in June, which should mean strong economic activity in the second quarter after a disappointing first quarter. National project spending will bolster growth.

Belarus government forecasts 2.5% y/y GDP growth in 2020 despite looming crisis

bne IntelliNews July 31, 2019

The Belarusian government forecasts a 2.5% year-on-year growth of the nation's GDP in 2020, the Prime Minister Sergei Rumas said on July 30.

Ukraine's real wage growth accelerates to 8% y/y in June

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Real wages in Ukraine grew by 8.1% year-on-year in June, accelerating from 7% y/y growth in May, the nation's state statistics service Ukrstat reported on July 29.

Putin’s personal popularity has improved slightly this year but regional governors doing almost as well

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Putin’s person popularity moved up moderately this year from a low of 64% in January to 68% in July, with 31% disapproving of his actions, according to independent pollster the Levada Center.

Number of Russians living below poverty line ticks up to 14.3% of population in 1Q19

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Inflation in subsistence prices pushed the total up by 4 pp, according to Rosstat.

Russia's gross international currency reserves top $530bn

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Russian gross international reserves (GIR) topped $530bn as of June 29, the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) reported.

Russian cumulative profits were RUB6,743bn for the first five months of this year, up by 38% on 2018

bne IntelliNews July 30, 2019

Russian companies are track for their most profitable year in the last four years as a corporate recovery starts to gather momentum.

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