Slovak inflation up by 1.9% in December 2018, at its lowest since December 2017

bne IntelliNews January 16, 2019

Slovakia´s inflation increased by 1.9% year-on-year in December 2018, the lowest figure since December 2017

2018 looks like the decade’s worst year for Romanian construction companies

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 16, 2019

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.

November data extends Turkey’s worst-on-record retail sales contraction

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 15, 2019

With country seemingly headed into a recession, latest statistics also show unemployment at 11.6% with youth joblessness standing at 22.3%.

The share of Russians that want the government to resign rose to over half in December

Ben Aris in Berlin January 15, 2019

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 GDP up by 2.8% in 2018, a y/y slowdown due to its overheating and weak Eurozone

bne IntelliNews January 15, 2019

Czech economic growth slowed in 3Q18 year-on-year and 0.6% quarter-on-quarter, according to the Czech Statistics Office

The sale of new cars in Russia grew for the second year in a row in 2018

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2019

The Association of European Businesses expects growth to continue in 2019, albeit at a slower pace.

Romania revises Q3 GDP growth slightly upward to 4.4%

Iulian Ernst in Bucharest January 14, 2019

Revision shows more production of value added in the services sector and stronger than estimated gross imports.

Latvian CPI inflation eases to 2.6% y/y in December

bne IntelliNews January 14, 2019

Inflation has now grown in y/y terms for 28 months straight.

Czech retail trade up by 6.1%, growing twice as fast as EU average

bne IntelliNews January 13, 2019

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

Belarus finishes 2018 with 5.6% inflation

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2019

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

Turkey posts current account surplus for fourth straight month as rebalancing bites

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 11, 2019

Such a series of figures not seen since country’s economic crisis in 2001.

Czech inflation at 2.1% in December 2018, third highest rate in a decade

bne IntelliNews January 11, 2019

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

Russian inflation in 2018 at 4.3% over the CBR’s target, but rate hike unlikely

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2019

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.

Russo-Chinese trade turnover tops $100bn in 2018

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2019

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.

Ukraine’s inflation falls to 9.8% y/y in 2018

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2019

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.

Czech unemployment up to 3.1%, first increase in four months

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2019

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 production grows by almost 5% in November 2018

bne IntelliNews January 10, 2019

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

Ukraine’s gross international reserves reach five-year high in 2018

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2019

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.

Big Turkish exporters report major 2018 gains

Akin Nazli in Belgrade January 9, 2019

Helped by the retreating lira, furniture, clothes and home appliances makers enjoy breakthroughs. However, claims of financing difficulties amid credit crunch emerge.

Russian inflation, growth to remain low in 2019 says World Bank

bne IntelliNews January 9, 2019

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.