Slovakia´s inflation a surprise 2.7% in March

bne IntelliNews April 16, 2019

Slovakia’s inflation came at a higher than expected 2.7% year-on-year in March, up from 2.3% in February, affected by regulated prices by 0.01 percentage point (pp) and indirect taxes by 0.06pp, the Slovak Statistics Office reported on April 15.

China pledges to boost trade and infrastructure ties with CEE countries

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest April 15, 2019

At the latest 16+1 summit Chinese Premier Li Keqiang stressed the importance of reciprocal opening-up of the market, and says China will make further efforts to facilitate trade.

Former soldier confesses to murdering Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak

Nelly Tomcikova in Prague April 12, 2019

Kuciak's murder last year sparked protests and a political crisis leading to the resignation of long-time prime minister Robert Fico and interior minister Robert Kalinak.

Slovakia's industrial and construction production up in February

bne IntelliNews April 11, 2019

After a slight decrease in January, construction output in Slovakia amounted to €320.4mn in February 2019, up by 1.7% year-on-year and by 0.3% month-on-month.

Anti-corruption campaigner Zuzana Caputova becomes Slovakia’s first female president

bne IntelliNews April 1, 2019

Caputova, a lawyer and an environmental activist who has been nicknamed “Slovakia’s Erin Brockovich”, beat European Commission Vice President Maros Sefcovic as Slovaks seek political change.

COMMENT: No-deal Brexit could affect value chains in the EBRD regions

EBRD in London March 29, 2019

Newly published EBRD research finds that a significant proportion of value chains within the 12 EU countries where the Bank operates, and also in Turkey as a member of the EU Customs Union, could be affected in an event of Brexit

Slovakia´s unemployment rate decreased by 5.16% in February

bne IntelliNews March 22, 2019

Slovakia´s unemployment rate dropped by 5.16% in February 2019, down by 0.10 percentage points (pp) from January and by 0.56pp year-on-year, according to data published by the Labour, Social Affairs and the Family Centre on March 21.

Merger of Extreme Digital and eMAG to create leading online retailer in CEE

Levente Szilagyi in Budapest March 21, 2019

Combined company to have annual revenue of around €220mn, and pave the way for eMag to enter five regional markets where Extreme Digital is already present.