Slovakia´s inflation increased by 1.9% year-on-year in December 2018, the lowest figure since December 2017
The average construction works volume in the rolling 12 months edged down by 2.7% y/y as of November to the weakest point in the decade since the 2008-2009 recession.
With country seemingly headed into a recession, latest statistics also show unemployment at 11.6% with youth joblessness standing at 22.3%.
53% Russians said in December that they want the government to resign, up from 33% in November, according to the most recent poll by independent pollster the Levada Center.
Czech economic growth slowed in 3Q18 year-on-year and 0.6% quarter-on-quarter, according to the Czech Statistics Office
The Association of European Businesses expects growth to continue in 2019, albeit at a slower pace.
Revision shows more production of value added in the services sector and stronger than estimated gross imports.
Inflation has now grown in y/y terms for 28 months straight.
Czech non-adjusted retail trade increased by 6.1% in November 2018 year-on-year, down from 6.4% in October, influenced mostly by an increase of sales in retail sale via mail order houses or via Internet (which grew by 22.6%), according to data by the
Inflation in Belarus ended 2018 at the highest level all year at 5.6% y/y, and above 4.6% it was in December 2017, National Statistics Committee of Belarus told BelTA
Such a series of figures not seen since country’s economic crisis in 2001.
Czech inflation slowed to 2.1% in December 2018 from 2.5% year-on-year, the third highest average inflation rate in past 10 years. Consumer prices in December went up by 0.1% compared to November, due to increase in price of food
Russia finished 2018 with inflation of 4.3% in excess of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) 4% target rate, Rosstat reported on January 10, the central bank is unlikely to react to the price rises until its meeting in March.
The trade turnover between China and Russia set a new record high in 2018, and is now on the way to reaching the next target of $200bn by 2020.
Consumer price inflation in Ukraine slowed in the last month of 2018 to 9.8%, down from 10% in November, as the central bank's campaign to tackle price rises continues to meet with success.
Unemployment in the Czech Republic increased to 3.1% in December from 2.8% in November after four months of stagnation or declines, down by 0.7 percentage points year-on-year, according to the data from the Czech Labour Office
Czech industrial non-adjusted production increased by 4.8% year-on-year in November 2018, in line with the analysts´ expectations, and seasonally adjusted at constant prices by 0.9% month-on-month, the Czech Statistics Office reports
Gross international reserves rose 10.6% y/y to $20.8bn in 2018 – the highest level since October 2013, the National Bank of Ukraine reported.
Helped by the retreating lira, furniture, clothes and home appliances makers enjoy breakthroughs. However, claims of financing difficulties amid credit crunch emerge.
World Bank says that inflation will remain low this year and growth will be 1.5%, the same as in 2018, according to the multilateral’s January 2019 World Economic Outlook.